"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Premature Exoneration

Hmmm, not so hasty. A convicted rapist is freed because later DNA testing (unavailable at time of trial) shows genetic material on the adolescent victim was not his. Per standard practice, only the material present in the "rape kit" taken from the victim's body was tested.

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

Sorry, Spicoli

This despite years and years of relentless pro-drug propaganda and the usual leftist appeal to race and class divisions:

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.

In a time when society is more and more realizing the social costs of intoxication, legalizing a substance whose only real purpose is intoxication is a tough sell.

One that even permissive Californians wouldn't buy.

It was a bad night for tokers in other states too, as Arizona, Oregon, and South Dakota voters rejected marijuana liberalization attempts.