- 1 month ago
"In 2002, having spent more than three years in one residence for the first time in my life, I got called for jury duty. I show up on time, ready to serve. When we get to the voir dire, the lawyer says to me, “I see you’re an astrophysicist. What’s that?” I answer, “Astrophysics is the laws of physics, applied to the universe—the Big Bang, black holes, that sort of thing.” Then he asks, “What do you teach at Princeton?” and I say, “I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street.
A few years later, jury duty again. The judge states that the defendant is charged with possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine. It was found on his body, he was arrested, and he is now on trial. This time, after the Q&A is over, the judge asks us whether there are any questions we’d like to ask the court, and I say, “Yes, Your Honor. Why did you say he was in possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine? That equals 1.7 grams. The ‘thousand’ cancels with the ‘milli-’ and you get 1.7 grams, which is less than the weight of a dime.” Again I’m out on the street."
ok but on the other hand, is Neil deGrasse Tyson really one of our “peers”? He seems to operate on a higher level of everything
actually when you look at it that way, Tyson could commit murder in broad daylight and say “good luck finding twelve of my ‘peers’ to sit on a jury” and the judge would have to agree. case dismissed.
tl;dr neil degrasse tyson is above the law
- 3 months ago
Rape is the only crime on the books for which arguing that the temptation to commit it was too clear and obvious to resist is treated as a defence. For every other crime, we call that a confession.
I’ve gotten more angry asks about this post than I have actual reblogs.
I was desperate your honor, so I stole that money.
I was horny your honor, so I fucked an unconscious woman
(via thebicker)Source: prokopetz
- 3 years ago
That was my first thought when I read this head-scratching article in the Mainichi Daily News. The National Police Agency is quite literally arguing that because so many suspects confess to their crimes, there is no need to change how police interrogations are conducted. Nevermind that the “change” they are resisting is limited to recording said interrogations to prevent improper conduct. You know, stuff like torture.
Also, holy shit at that average interrogation time: 65 hours and 31 minutes?
- 3 years ago
"We were taught that yakuza and foreigners have no rights."
The terrifying quote above (in Japanese: ヤクザと外国人に人権はないと教えられた) comes from a former prosecutor in Yokohama who is now dishing dirt on the dark side of the Japanese justice system. While I knew that Japanese discrimination would certainly count against me if I was ever arrested (“foreign crime” is a constant talking point in Japan, even though crimes committed by foreigners has steadily declined for years) but I had no idea that public servants were being taught to treat me like I wasn’t a human being. Another delightful tip he was given: “Foreigners don’t understand Japanese, so if you speak Japanese, you can heap as much verbal abuse as you want on them.” (外国人は日本語が分からないか ら、日本語であればどんなに罵倒してもいい)
If there was any real justice system in Japan, the conviction of every foreign-born prisoner in Yokohama would be under review right now. I’d be shocked if this even makes headline news though.