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  •  I'm glad you trust the police with everything (0+ / 0-)

    they might do to you. I know lots of people who don't share your optimism about that. And those people sent to prison for crimes they didn't commit, ask them about it being "hyperbole". Or were they all guilty of something because the police only arrest guilty people? Every day we see evidence of the police and prosecutors abusing their authority and you want them to have more ways to do that. Sorry, but I don't. And that's not some academic, high-faluting, ivory-tower theory. That's reality.

    To me progress is not so much a goal as it is a process and I believe it will not follow a straight course. Remember, the drops of water that form the river may not take the shortest path but they will still reach the ocean.

    by ontheleftcoast on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 08:08:51 PM PST

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    •  I don't trust the police (0+ / 0-)

      I just trust the guy who gets arrested for assault, and has 3 priors, even less.

      Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

      by Keith930 on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 08:16:46 PM PST

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      •  But in the case in Maryland did the suspect have (0+ / 0-)

        any priors? Once he was convicted, not merely charged with, his crime in 2009 I'd understand the logic of testing his DNA against unsolved prior crimes. But the swab was taken and the hunt for his DNA began immediately. Now you can claim he effectively had a "prior" in that he raped someone but obviously nobody knew that. And if he was found innocent of the 2009 charges should his DNA still have been run thru the system hoping to find a match against a prior crime? On what legal grounds would that claim be based?

        To me progress is not so much a goal as it is a process and I believe it will not follow a straight course. Remember, the drops of water that form the river may not take the shortest path but they will still reach the ocean.

        by ontheleftcoast on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 08:25:03 PM PST

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