Sunday, February 20, 2005

Hell freezes over!

In other news, Ann Coulter says something that I not only agree with, but I think is well-put:

"In a murder case, all evidence of guilt other than eyewitness testimony is "circumstantial." Inasmuch as most murders do not occur at Grand Central Terminal during rush hour, it is not an uncommon occurrence to have murder convictions based entirely on circumstantial evidence. DNA evidence is "circumstantial evidence." Fingerprints are "circumstantial evidence." An eyewitness account of the perpetrator fleeing the scene of a stabbing with a bloody knife is "circumstantial evidence." Please stop referring to "circumstantial evidence" as if it doesn't count. There's a name for people who take a dim view of circumstantial evidence because they don't understand the concept of circumstantial evidence: They're called "O.J. jurors."

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was a big pet peeve of my criminal law professor. He was always asking "So the evidence was circumstantial?" then "Can we use circumstantial evidence?" then "Of course, we can."

3:14 PM  
Blogger The Bookhouse Boy said...

It seems to be the reason most people who think someone has been framed think that. It must make being a prosecutor hard to have to explain this at each trial.

12:17 PM  

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