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  •  More likely than not the purpose is to prove (14+ / 0-)

    that prosecutors fucked up in the past.

    There's naturally going to be a lot of resistance built into the system to keep that from happening.

    •  I understand the politics all too well. (4+ / 0-)
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      Siri, NearlyNormal, StrayCat, 417els

      Nobody want's prosecutors or police to be found to have wrongly prosecuted anyone - that's the egg on face BS that infests our justice system...

      But I do not understand the principle of wanting to prevent innocent people from proving their innocence - nor do I understand the reason why people would not at least care about the ridiculous costs associated with having to petition the court for something that is so simple at this point - or the cost to society of keeping innocent people locked up.

      •  That's the beauty of the (5+ / 0-)

        Cameron Todd Willingham Case:

        or the cost to society of keeping innocent people locked up
        you don't have to keep the innocent person locked up, you can just execute them!

        In any event, you seem to not be nearly cynical enough about the American "justice" system.  It almost comes across that you think it works in a reasonable fashion . ..

        •  Not sure that saying that I believe that it works (3+ / 0-)
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          Siri, lgmcp, NearlyNormal

          in a reasonable fashion is exactly accurate.  But my Dad was a criminal defense attorney for 25 years and just about the time he retired one of my best friends became a PD.  I can't seem to keep those types out of my sphere of influence - lol.  

          In any case, I grew up on court stories and continue to hear them quite often in my adult life.  I would say that I am actually super cynical about the system in many ways - and realistic in ways that most people who aren't lawyers or working in those courts often are not.  But I am ever hopeful and proud of the work my Dad did and proud of my friend for opting for the low paying state job instead of the high paying corporate opportunities.  It is a tough job on a multitude of levels that they both undertook, but they both believe in the pursuit of justice.

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