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Comment: An appeal is a virtual certainty... (Score 5, Insightful) 1184

Which is a significant problem with having juries in thorny, complex civil trials. Emotion, procedural rules and the voire dire triumph over expertise and reason. It can work in your favour or against you, but it is impossible to verify that the thinking processes of the jury are rigorous. At least judges sitting on their own have to explain the process by which they reached their decisions. Here the reasoning process appears to be a badly filled in sudoku...

Comment: Re:Easy Question (Score 1) 711

by redaction101 (#27388957) Attached to: Is That "Sexting" Pic Illegal? A Scientific Test

If the people in the picture are younger than the age at which they can legally consent to having that picture taken, then that picture is illegal.

You don't think your thesis proves too much? This would suggest that every picture of every child legally incapable of "consent" to the taking of that photograph is thereby illegal. I'm sure the Disney Channel is thereby loaded with illegal content...

A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that works.