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  •  Nancy Grace (4.00)
    is a bully, plain and simple.  I cannot stand watching her.

    I note that appeals courts have repeatedly reprimanded her.  When I was in law school, I wrote an article about prosecutorial misconduct.  I argued that if prosecutorial misconduct was committed repeatedly during trial (like Grace's tricks of withholding evidence and improper openings and summations), double jeopardy should bar retrial.  In other words, you screw around, and you can't try the defendant again. It is the ONLY way to deter these sharks.  Needless to say, that is not the law however.

    When I worked for an appeals court after law school, there was one prosecutor who was repeatedly cited by my court for misconduct.  The appellate attorney for that DA's office had the balls to argue that my court had never reversed a conviction based on the prosecutor's behavior.  One of my favorite judges looked at the attorney and said "Well, that doesn't mean this Court gave you the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval".  He was so mad he stormed off the bench.  FINALLY, in that case, the court ordered a new trial, and mentioned the prosecutor by name in the opinion.  But that, unfortunately, is rare.

    MB, great diary.  Here in NY, we still have this ridiculous law that allows kids as young as thirteen and fourteen to be treated as adults for certain crimes, like murder and robbery. Of course, with those sentences, they end up in adult prison at a certain point. Even in our secure detention and juvenile jails, kids get abused, as you were.  

    All studies have shown that giving kids 13 and 14 and up long sentences does not deter them or other kids in any way. All you do is make them better criminals.

    We do not rent rooms to Republicans.

    by Mary Julia on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 01:38:34 PM PDT

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