UPDATE: This is on Markus's Federal Fight Blog, but it bears repeating here: the government has filed a bill of particulars in the Ben Kuehne case in which they essentially admit they have no direct evidence of any wrongdoing by Kuehne. And in Bush's justice department, not doing anything wrong is no defense to a criminal charge. The law dot com article is here.
UPDATE: OK THIS IS SCARY- GEORGIA (the country not the state) says it shot down two Russian planes over the night. Russian tanks are rumbling towards the border and Russian Boss Putin says war has begun.
The NY Times reports (the title links to the article) on an article in the Journal Of Science in which mass spectrometry can now identify what a fingerprint was touching prior to leaving the print. The article details controlled experiments in which latents were left with cocaine, the explosive RDX and other chemicals. The lab was able to identify the chemical on the finger that left the print.
The application to criminal law is obvious. And it occurs to us that the advent of new technologies which ostensibly would seem to benefit law enforcement and prosecution has been embraced and used by the criminal defense bar. Just how many hundreds of people have been exonerated by DNA?
And that always leads us back to the point of how many people are languishing in prison who were not fortunate enough to have DNA evidence preserved in their case?
Meanwhile, Osama Bin Laden's driver has been sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison. After which he will be held as an enemy combatant for the rest of his life. Some system of justice our President has come up with. However, you our dear readers, have full permission to go to court and reply to any outrageous plea offer with the statement that "Osama Bin Laden's driver only got 5 1/2 years judge, and they want to give my client 8 years for stealing a beer."
OUCH A Miami Officer just shot himself in the foot. The Herald has the breaking news here.
It's still hot. See you in court.
PS The J..E...T...S...JETS JETS JETS traded for Brett Favre today. His first game as a Jet? You guessed it. Against the Fins. If it wasn't for bad luck we would have no luck at all.