The HuffPo isn’t always the most reliable source of, well, anything. But they done good this time.
They’ve recently posted a series of articles by Radley Balko of The Agitator, on Myths of the Criminal Justice System.
Very short summary: The law is kinda screwed up.
Some examples of things I didn’t know:
- Through various technicalities and exemptions, you can actually be tried a bunch of times for the same crime.
- The law has a tendency to go much easier on police who abuse it than the rest of us.
- “According to the Innocence Project, about one in four convictions that have been overturned by DNA testing involved defendants who at one point had actually confessed to the crime for which they were later exonerated.”
- The way the registry of sex offenders works is insane.