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  •  Yup (2+ / 0-)
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    FarWestGirl, olo

    She is, because she failed to insist on proper lab procedures that would have caught this earlier. For example, are lab chemists ever double blind tested without their knowledge?

    These things don't happen in a vacuum. This incident can only have occurred because there was a law enforcement culture that encouraged or allowed it.

    And that culture starts at the top. You want to be AG, your job is bigger than demanding tough sentences for child molesters.

    (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
    Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

    by Sparhawk on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 06:57:14 PM PST

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    •  a good occasion to push for this standard (0+ / 0-)

      Does any jurisdiction currently test their lab testers?  Be that as it may, this incident provides a good occasion to require this.  Good subject for a diary.

      As to Coakley, if no one else is doing this, no reason to single her out for blame.

      •  Sure there is (0+ / 0-)
        As to Coakley, if no one else is doing this, no reason to single her out for blame.
        She has the grave responsibility to see that justice is properly administered in her state. She failed egregiously to do that. Thousands of possibly false convictions? What else does an AG have to do to get fired?

        I don't think the standard of "everyone else is a moron, why are you blaming me for being a moron too" is good public policy. With great power comes great responsibility. If her career is ruined over this, other AGs might be a little more curious what is going on in their crime labs.

        (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
        Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

        by Sparhawk on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 05:47:37 AM PST

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