Tuesday, November 09, 2010
But later testing from sources on the bedding are attributable to the now "exonerated" defendant. The DNA on the victim apparently was the result of an earlier consensual encounter.
The question now is whether the rapist can be tried again, since his conviction was (too hastily)vacated based on only an incomplete DNA workup from available crime scene sources.
Lesson: a negative DNA result does not always equate with actual innocence.
Thursday, November 04, 2010
California's initiative, which would have allowed adults age 21 and older to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana, failed 54 to 46 percent. An Associated Press analysis of exit and pre-election polls found voters opposed Prop 19 regardless of race, gender, income or education level.
Blacks and Latinos, for example, opposed the measure at about the same rate as whites. That despite evidence that pot advocates presented during the campaign that minorities are disproportionately arrested on marijuana offenses.
One that even permissive Californians wouldn't buy.
It was a bad night for tokers in other states too, as