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  •  The DA's should know better too (5+ / 0-)

    I did a stint as a private investigator 20 years ago in Milwaukee, mostly for indigent defense that was farmed out of the public defender's office to private attorneys.

    Not all cases are big mysteries like Law and Order; most of them, I found, it was pretty obvious who was innocent and who was guilty.  Most people don't lie very well, and when you're talking to them in their living rooms they're much more relaxed than when they're on the stand or in cuffs in prison orange.

    Those cops know if they're railroading a suspect, and in most cases the DA does too.  If the DA is a good person with an ounce of honor, when he smells something hinky he will call the cops out.  If he doesn't, he's just as guilty as the cops.  The cops know, but the DA is the one with the law degree.  If the DA keeps letting crap like that slide, cops will keep doing shoddy investigative work.

    I think more money needs to be spent on the justice system - more (good) public defenders, more DA's, more judges, and I bet we'll have less need to put money in prisons.  Just a hunch.

    "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

    by La Gitane on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 06:48:15 PM PDT

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