Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Premature Judgment; Popular (Mob?) Justice

1. Wouldn't it be advisable to wait until all the evidence comes in before we reach firm conclusions about what happened between Trayvon Martin and Zimmerman? It's hard enough for anyone to make reasoned and supportable inferences from a given body of evidence. It's all the harder for the people passing judgment on the event to do so if they and we know that they have only a portion of the available evidence.
2. I guess we should glad that American no longer has trial travesties and mob justice of the sort Hollywood so ably chronicled as happening in the South in the 1920s and 1930s. Today I'm sure we wouldn't tolerate attempts to influence the course of criminal justice by mass parades and pronouncements by prominent citizens expressing their firm belief in the criminal guilt of the projected defendant. We wouldn't approve of such things today, would we?


The dynamic evidence page
Evidence marshaling software MarshalPlan
It's here: the law of evidence on Spindle Law.

See also this post and this post.
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