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Matt Davies

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    A valid point in many cases in states with rather loose ways with dispensing the penalty, like Texas.

  2. wolfhoundblues1

    wolfhoundblues1 said, over 2 years ago

    agreed. I do not like that prosecutors can get away with covering up evidence that proves innocence.
    And the fact that some cops lie to the court. I am personally a victim of this one.

  3. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Prosecutors are not paid to convict, but often they do so to gain political favor. They have a legal obligation to bring forth evidence that can help the accused. Anything less than that is illegal and despicable.

  4. spyderred

    spyderred said, over 2 years ago

    The theory is that the prosecution is to serve justice, so that means that disclosing all evidence requested, including that tending to show an accused is innocent, is — and should be — mandatory. Sadly, people are easily led from this to mob justice, and as a result in many offices promotion (and for the head person, re-election) often depends on a conviction rate.

  5. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    The story starts on the street with the cops, doing the job right, and getting evidence (NOT just witness statements proven to be unreliable in the majority of case!) that provides a prosecutor “probable cause” to pursue. Disclosure IS supposed to mean prosecutors reveal ALL relevant evidence to the defense prior to the trial. TV makes folks believe only one fingerprint is ever left on a drinking glass or a gun, and that all forensic evidence is developed in hours at most, and that only guilty people ever get arrested. That’s how it would be in a perfect world, but as humans, we ain’t perfect.

  6. BrassOrchid

    BrassOrchid GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    You have to observe the rules of evidence and discovery, or it can go wrong. There was a guy who was arrested and convicted for a murder in Wisconsin. The cops put him away for a crime he didn’t commit, and he was eventually freed because of DNA evidence. They had a weak case, originally, so it was easy to reverse the decision. The newly released man and a nephew who had no previous serious criminal past, then murdered a female reporter checking out his story.
    The cops weren’t wrong to put him away, but they really needed to wait until they had a good case that couldn’t be torn down later. Sometimes they see a chance and take it, even if they know it isn’t right, for the good of the community.
    But it really isn’t, in the long run. It’s not enough to be right. You also have to be certain of the specific facts of a case so it’s all by the book and final.

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