A Beautiful Schizophrenia [was: Re: AI Eureka!]

Charles Richmond richmond at ev1.net
Mon Jun 3 13:59:04 EST 2002

J Ahlstrom wrote:
> Bryan Derksen wrote:
> > On 2 Jun 2002 10:52:07 -0700, schillin at spock.usc.edu (John Schilling)
> > wrote:
> > >stremler at rohan.sdsu.edu writes:
> > >>I hear stories like this and I just wonder what people are thinking when
> > >>they admit to heinous crimes that they (allegedly) didn't do.
> > >
> > >"If I tell the mean policeman what he wants to hear, he will let me go
> > >to the bathroom and then take a nap."
> >
> > And then there's always the completely rational approach; "If you
> > confess, you'll get 20 years. If we convict you, you get the chair."
> >
> > I know that the justice system is not infallable, and that many people
> > get convicted who are actually innocent. I can get a lot of books read
> > in 20 years, and then after that they'll let me go. If it looks like
> > they've got enough evidence and witnesses lined up, or I'm the wrong
> > ethnicity or whatever, then it might be a safer bet to make even if I
> > didn't really do it.
> US District Court Judge Richard Posner wrote something like:
>    Anything we do to increase the numbere of guilty
>    we convict will increase the number of innocent we convict.
>    Anything we do to increase the number of innocent we acquit
>    will increase the number of guilty we acquit.
> Posner, Richard
>     Problems of Jurisprudence,
>     Harvard Press, 1993
Well, after someone is convicted of a heinous crime, the least
the government can do is *not* let the son-of-a-bitch out before
he does all his jail time!!!

|     Charles and Francis Richmond     <richmond at plano.net>   |

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