Joe Senser loses cool, tells photographers to "get a life"

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Joe Senser boiled over this morning.
Joe Senser was sitting around, checking text messages on his phone while chilling on the first floor of the Hennepin County Courthouse this morning, when he noticed a gaggle of photographers snapping photos and taking video of him.

Apparently, Senser has had enough of being pestered in public places by photogs. He got up from his chair, brusquely approached the photographers, and asked them: "Why don't you guys get a life?"

"Is there any more of this you want?" he asked, sarcastically donning his Philadelphia Phillies baseball cap and smiling. "Good morning, what channel are you from?"

He then said, "Go Phillies" before stomping away.

There's no doubt Amy Senser's criminal vehicular homicide trial is placing great stress on Joe and his family. Brittani Senser testified earlier this week that she had to push her step mom to out herself as the driver responsible for the hit-and-run that killed Anousone Phanthavong. Yesterday, Joe himself testified that Amy is a serial flake, and today the Senser's 15-year-old daughter told jurors her mom "had a sip of something" the night she ran Phanthavong over, but denied Amy was drunk.

That said, Joe should still know better than to go after photographers on public property, while their cameras are rolling. That sort of scrutiny is part-and-parcel of being a central player in one of Minnesota's highest-profile criminal trials in years.

Previous coverage:
-- Joe Senser on "Amyworld": Flaking out on picking up kids reflects her 'fierce independence'
-- Amy Senser opening statements: Senser will testify during trial


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PK
PK

Why didn't your wife save a life?

Antiyellow
Antiyellow

Correction...I guess he was in the courthouse atrium, actually. Still...not really something that needs detailed coverage....

Antiyellow
Antiyellow

Going the route of access hollywood and extra on a local level is just expanding the yellow journalism to divert people from real facts and problems. The trial is newsworthy, but following the parents as they shop is not. It's descending to the level of disfuction of inadvertent criminals by sensationalizing their relatives as they shop is yellow journalism at it's worst and should be treated as its own crime.

Skeptical Sam
Skeptical Sam

What really bothers me is the hypocrisy here.  If we're supposed to believe that Amy didn't know she hit someone, then the only logical explanation would be some kind of impairment.  But they know they can't go that route.  So we try to coach everyone to play dumb and not remember.  If you think you only hit a cone and are sure you weren't involved, then why did it take so long to come forward?  And you would leave your teenage daughters in downtown Minneapolis to get a ride home around midnight because you're "fiercely independent"?  But the worst for me is this attempt to make the Sensers look like the victims.  Brittni received death threats...we need a change of venue because of all the pre-trial publicity...and now Joe boils over at the media for doing their jobs.  An innocent man died a violent death and we're trying to understand how and why.  Is that too much to ask, Joe?

Jimreiter
Jimreiter

Joe was simply proptecting his 15 year old daughter, while you read the story and watch the video youre almost forced to believe what these journalists write, Joe worked the room perfectly he was able to sit and play with his phone knowing the media was watching....at the perfect moment Joe got up and talked to the camera crews and they took it ...hook line and sinker.....they didnt even notice his daughter walk thru......believe half of waht you see and absolutely nothing that you read!

East Coast Doug
East Coast Doug

None of this is newsworthy.  It's just a diversion.  Think about the 30,000,000 people who are unemployed, and underemployed.  Think about the $trillions in borrowing and deficit spending.  No wait - think about some ancillary hit and run case.

This is just as about as stupid as the Vikings stadium.   I guess the idiots feed off of stories like this, and ignore our real problems.

Cray cray
Cray cray

Anousone Phanthavong is dead. Your wife did it. I'm sorry you're being inconvenienced.  New wife?

Scott Drummond
Scott Drummond

Joe-boy sure loved the press when they were talking up his sports bars or when he was with the Vikes.  Now not so much...

I hear his sports bars are closing, one by one.  Where will the purple face paint crowd go to get drunk and watch the queens lose?   Oh right, somewhere in LA....  

JonnyRockstar1234
JonnyRockstar1234

why would he get upset with the cameras and not upset with his wife who constantly just never picks up the kids when she was supposed to?  Very strange.

rvm4
rvm4

Poor Joe, so misunderstood. What's an aiding-and-abetting meat-head who calls his wife a twit supposed to do to get some respect - open some more crappy sports bars? 

billy
billy

I agree with Joe Senser. How many photographs of them are newsworthy? With the cameras and newspeople swarming around like vultures every morning, noon and night, they have turned the Government Center into a silly stalkarazzi zone. I've got some news for you guys: the Sensers are not celebrities. Amy Senser is not Lindsay Lohan, her husband is not Charlie Sheen, and their daughters are not Paris Hilton and Brittany Spears.

Joe
Joe

I'm sure he's just mad at DUI Barbie, and he's taking it out on these poor people.

TheBlob
TheBlob

I don't know the guy or really anything about him, so I won't judge him.  All I know is that I'd probably lose my shit in a similar manner in that situation.  At a certain point, those photographers and reporters aren't doing a service to anyone by hounding the guy when he's just trying to chill in a lobby during the most stressful week of his life.  Is the public gaining anything from that behavior?  I doubt it.  They're not gaining anything beneficial, anyway.

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

Hard to feel sorry for Joe after he hired a pit bull attorney who's worked very hard to slime the victim. Joe's desire to keep his hit-and-run wife out of the slammer has torn his own family apart so yeah, I think he's getting a little testy.

But hard as Eric Nelson tries to make this be about the victim, this trial is exposing the Senser family's dysfunctionality, not the victim's. By the end of this trial I predict the public will want to put more than one Senser behind bars.

swmnguy
swmnguy

This is going to be a very difficult time for Joe Senser and his family.  Their elaborate charade is about to collapse around their ears.  In the long run, depending on how they handle it, they have a chance to come out of this far better off than they were; with much stronger relationships and as much more effective human beings.  But this is going to hurt, and a guy got killed.  Sometimes people don't come to reality until they kill someone.  That price has to be paid, regardless.  But hopefully this family can rebuild some sanity.

Albatross
Albatross

I bet Anousone Phanthavong would sure like to get a life.

SarahinMpls
SarahinMpls

You are right.  You must have read the email Joe sent to Kare11 TV on Friday night explaining that very diversionary tactic for the daughter who was in the security line.

PK
PK

the reason that manifests "our real promblems" is peoples disregard for others, their lack of compassion and lack of taking responisibility for their actions.

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

Part of the real problems real people face is that we have two systems of justice in this country: one for the well-lawyered rich, and another one for the rest of us (aka, "new fish" in prison parlance). At a time when record numbers of Americans are being incarcerated (and in some states, executed), rich "alleged" felons keep skipping away scot free. The 99% go to prison for smoking pot, not paying taxes, drinking while driving, etc., but to convict the rich you need at least two independent videos proving they did it.

I think most people can keep more than one thought in their head at a time, and do not find the Vikings stadium keeps them from noticing when a "rich bitch" tries to talk herself out of the prison time she so obviously deserves.

Joe
Joe

He will sell the other two bars or hire someone to professionally manage those bars.  I would bet their house is secretly up for sale.  They will be out of Edina and Minnesota and living in another city on the west coast where few will know this story and it will not be so close to home. Probably already have closed on a house in another city.  When they lose in the civil trial then the larger house which will be their new primary residence can't be taken--and they will be living somewhere where few know of this trial. As Amy does not have a criminal past her hands will be slapped if she is convicted.

Tileena
Tileena

Live by your image (Senser's Bar and Grille, sports broadcasting, the media) die by it. What are the odds one of the Sensors would have been in a hit and run like this.  But it happened. Joe is seeing his livelihood, his image, his bank accounts, dwindle by the hour. This is nothing compared to the civil trial. Wait till that commences. 

swmnguy
swmnguy

 It's seeming more and more obvious that Joe and his family are caught up in the web of insanity.  Eric Nelson has a hard job.  Getting this client off isn't going to be easy, and every rock Nelson must have overturned in preparing his case must have exposed some new unpleasant creepy-crawly thing.  In hindsight, seeing what has been revealed, this family was a bomb waiting to go off.  If they hadn't had the money they have, I'd guess they would have had to face reality a lot earlier than this.  And maybe Anousone Phanthavong would be alive today.

Chemical dependency is a bitch.  And it claims a lot more victims than the one getting high all the time.

lakestella
lakestella

They will have a hard time financially even if she walks.  The burden of proof is much less in the pending civil case and they will get their butts nailed to the wall. Jim Schweibel is licking his chops as the attorney in the civil case and he is the best civil attorney around. Amy has created financial ruin for her family.

Tileena
Tileena

Actually it hit me that this whole thing may have been a purposeful ploy by the defense team of lawyers. It makes poor Joe look like he can find no peace and is hounded for something his aloof, distracted wife did.  Think about it.  If she's convicted the defense team will automatically attempt to get her into a institution rather then prison time. They are making a parallel case that Amy isn't grounded in reality.  Heck, she didn't even see a guy thump her SUV and then launch over the right top corner of her hood. Her defense argued that she, probably, was looking to the left for up to four seconds at 40-55MPH (a city block or more).  That's why I think, now, Joe's annoyance was a con for those watching on TV to get him sympathy.  He'd better hope the Amy extra marital affairs come out to make Joe look even better? 

JonnyRockstar1234
JonnyRockstar1234

 they had at least ten days to ensure they had a good plan - that's for sure.

green23
green23

 One day, you're deciding who is worthy enough to vote. Now, you're deciding who's worthy of life.

Arrogant.

You're dumb
You're dumb

I reserve my class envy for people with actual class. In my world, you hit a person with a car, you stop and render aid until help arrives, and do the proper and just thing.There's nothing to envy in people devoid of ethics and morals.

Albatross
Albatross

 Class envy ROCKS, get over it you authoritarian tool.

Mikjillion
Mikjillion

I wonder if the jury is sequestered or barred from reading/watching coverage? They wouldn't know if Joe is throwing tantrums or not.

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