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Monday, January 28, 2013

Prosecutorial Discretion
 
We're now learning that, 13 years ago, a Colorado Grand Jury voted to indict the parents of JonBenet Ramsey.  The DA, recognizing that he could not possibly establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, chose not to move the case forward.  Kudos to him.  Prosecutors are supposed to exercise such judgment to promote justice, not solely to seek prosecutions. (The Ramsey case featured a notorious false confession by John Mark Karr.)
 
1:25 pm est

Friday, January 4, 2013

DNA Database
 
Today's New York Times' front page story on a false confession in West Virginia makes an important point: "laws are needed to remove [DNA] databases from the exclusive grip of prosecutors and law enforcement to make them available to defense lawyers." 
 
8:32 am est


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