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Comment: Re:Sounds like good grounds for an appeal, (Score 1) 80

I think the prosecution in this case could request an upward departure from the sentencing guidelines because the pending charges mean that his criminal record inadequately shows the seriousness of his past behavior. What I'm saying is that there are rules and formulas that the judge is supposed to follow.

Comment: Re:Sounds like good grounds for an appeal, (Score 1) 80

There are federal sentencing guidelines. There are criteria for things like past offenses, cooperation with the investigation, among other things. The judge is not bound to strictly follow them, but if the judge just hands out maximum sentences with little explanation, that could be grounds for an appellate court to reduce the sentence. Also, I am not a lawyer either.

Comment: Re:forensic 'science' (Score 1) 135

by reub2000 (#47848629) Attached to: New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper

A bit too late to convict anyone at this point don't you say?

There are problems with many of the forensic methods used. However, eyewitness testimony is even less reliable. The way humans recall events from episodic memory is seriously flawed. Forensic evidence is always circumstantial evidence, and should always be treated as such. That's in addition to any flaws on a particular method.

As pointed out here, this man was suspected of being the ripper before there was any DNA evidence. DNA evidence just makes the case stronger.

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