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caseymoz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-26-09 12:13 PM
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59. Those DNA results are replicated by an independent lab.
Edited on Thu Mar-26-09 12:16 PM by caseymoz
The police themselves want to be sure of the results. You say there can be presumption guilt without due process-- for a dead man even with conclusive DNA evidence?. You completely misunderstand the meaning of "innocent till proved guilty."

Let me explain: "innocent till proved guilty" is a principle the court is required to follow, and its procedures are based on that. For good or bad, the public isn't bound to follow that ethic, isn't bound to follow procedures based on that. Besides, that issue is moot anyway in the face of conclusive evidence, like DNA. An example: if I witness a crime, I'm not going to wait for the court to say he's guilty to consider him guilty. The evidence to me would already be conclusive.

The trial here would be one day. They'll make a slight concession to him to get him to wave his right to a jury trial, because a jury trial might take two days. Then, he would be declared guilty. Period.

The only way I could think of is if the police "fixed" the DNA, putting his DNA into the evidence bags for all the crime scenes. First, since you're talking about due process, where's the due process for them on that accusation? That is a really big thing to say with no evidence. Second, if they did it, the independent lab would notice it, because it's impossible to put blood from a corpse or dead tissue in a collection tube or evidence bags without the lab detecting it. Not to mention that the DNA for rape would be semen-- that is totally distinct from anything they could plant.

I've mentioned that it's impractical and absurd to try a dead man. There's no issue of taking his life, liberty or property away. It's a total waste of court time and resources. Those people who are alive will have to wait in jail longer for their trials. It will interfere with their right to a speedy trial.
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