"Police in Ukraine are investigating the death of one of the country's most powerful and controversial politicians in what is said to have been a hunting accident.where's cheney?
Yevgeny Kushnaryov, described as "the right-hand man" to Ukraine's pro-Russian Prime Minister, Viktor Yanukovych, died this week after being shot by one of his hunting companions.
Mr Kushnaryov and nine other hunters were stalking wild boar in the heavily wooded east of the country when tragedy struck. Police are examining three different versions: that he was shot due to careless gun handling; that it was an accident caused by a ricochet; or that he was murdered.
His death has sent shockwaves through Ukraine's volatile political scene and prompted his friend Mr Yanukovych to cut short an official visit to Turkey.
One version of events has it that Mr Kushnaryov and his friends were on their way home when they saw a wolf and leapt from their cars to shoot at it. In the frenzied firing, he was shot. Another version suggests he was shot while still sitting in the car. There are conflicting reports about how many times he was shot, ranging from once to several times."
* meanwhile, oldschool:
"Cheny’s being on the witness lis may in fact be a total red herring - existing only as a means of sorting out potetntial jurors that the defense doesn’t like. He may never show up at all. Just because his name is on the witness list does not, by any means, mean that he will in fact be called.(typos his!) - EW responds:
I mean - if I’m Cheney - why would I even consider showing up? At best he’s a lay memory witness. Not worth a whole lot. If he does show up - he’s got the Wilson op-ed, with his own hand-written notes on it, to answer for.
Why in the world would he do that?"
"I agree they’re using his appearance to greatest advantage. But I think they also need him to rebut Cathie Martin."
* the Guardian put the "C-word" in an article. Can you imagine that happening in the US? Heck - not even i use that word here on the blog (or in real life) (i'm sure Rimone will jump in here). Meanwhile, Chris Matthews nearly said 'shit' and everyone is excited.
"The next two years, in other words, are going to be a rolling constitutional crisis."