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  •  Juries get to make decisions based on the (1+ / 0-)
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    information that they hear.  Having served on juries, as well as having seen all the stories about all the various flavors and colors of misconduct by prosecutors in their single-minded quests for conviction at all costs, I suspect that there is more that needs to be done to address your concern than repealing Article 3 Section 2 and the Sixth Amendment would accomplish...

    The failure probably isn't in the process, but rather is in the G.W. Bush's and Rick Perry's of the world who want to curry favor with the hard-line winger Right by killing people convicted of capital punishment crimes, whether or not those convicted individuals are actually guilty.  For all his other massive failings, George Ryan seemed to be able to figure out what Gee Dub and Gov. Good Hair can't quite seem to grasp. Maybe the solution lies in crafting some more creative, notable, and meaningful punishment for prosecutorial misbehavior...

    "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile..." - Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    by Jack K on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 09:25:12 PM PDT

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