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When cops break the law in seeking convictions

May 08, 2009 When cops break the law in seeking convictions

Where do so many judges and jurors get the false notion that cops always tell the truth? Cops are but humans, so they are as prone to prevaricate as any non-cop.

Praised be my fellow criminal defense brother Paul Mack — from neighboring Howard County — for obtaining and playing the smoking video showing that a cop in a DWI arrest never saw his client in the car’s driver’s seat, despite the cop’s repeated insistence to the contrary.

Policing will only be more honest and just after we substantially shrink the criminal justice system, including by legalizing marijuana, heavily decriminalizing all other drugs, eliminating mandatory minimum sentences, eliminating the death penalty, and eliminating per se drunk driving rules related to blood alcohol levels.  Jon Katz

ADDENDUM: Thanks to the listserv members who alerted me to this story.

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