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  •  we weren't talking about it much in '86-'88 in (5+ / 0-)

    Texas w/ r/ t criminal justice.

    The last time I was held hostage in somebody else's murder trial DNA didn't even get a mention (covered the courthouse beat in Howard County, including a District Court trial for murder for one of seven indicted co-defendants).

    More modern juries are a lot more ... CSI-minded, for lack of a better word.

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 05:46:59 PM PST

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    •  lol A defense attorney I know says that it's made (6+ / 0-)

      things a lot harder on prosecutors, (good!), because juries expect all the bells and whistles and airtight cases they've seen on CSI. Blessings on an alert, informed and demanding jury pool.

      Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

      by FarWestGirl on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 06:18:20 PM PST

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      •  And if that is real, (0+ / 0-)

        then CSI just gained a lot of respect in my world.
        I have no use for Tv, particularly cop shows, but if this one has raised awareness of forensic techniques and rules of evidence that juries didn't previously know about, that's a huge service to Justice.

        If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

        by CwV on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 06:05:05 AM PST

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        •  They still do a lot of procedural cop stuff that's (0+ / 0-)

          bogus and very unhelpful about rules of evidence, but apparently the actual forensic and DNA evidence they're getting pretty up on and ask why it's not up to the standards they're seeing on the CSI'  And the CSI programs do at least nod towards integrity of the system and come down on cheaters, so that's to be grateful for.

          Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

          by FarWestGirl on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 12:10:21 PM PST

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