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

J Ahlstrom jahlstro at cisco.com
Wed Jun 5 12:48:11 EST 2002

Jim Balter wrote:

> J Ahlstrom wrote:
> >
> >
> >
> > 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
> If he wrote that then he's an idiot; it implies that, if the number of
> convictions is held constant, then the ratio of innocent to guilty
> among the convicted cannot be changed -- we might as well have a quota
> for the numnber of convictions, and pick who gets convicted randomly.
> That would certainly reduce the cost of the court  system.
> Anyone who would write such a thing is a nincompoop, and anyone who
> would quote it verges on being a nincompoop.
> Of course it isn't really nincompoopery at work here,
> but rather rationalizations by the mean-spirited for
> why we should do nothing about injustice.
> --
> <J Q B>

He is stating that to increase the number of convictions - not
holding that number constant.  Where did you get that idea.

If that gives you a new understanding, does that mean
you don't think Posner is a nincompoop (at least for that reason)
and that I don't verge on being one (at least for that reason)?


The fastest way to succeed is to
double your failure rate."
                    —Thomas J. Watson, Sr.

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