Linked by David Adams on Mon 25th Jun 2012 19:32 UTC, submitted by Adurbe
In the News The BBC reports on a Turing scholar's recent claims that by today's standard of evidence, there's reason to doubt the commonly-held belief that the famed computing pioneer committed suicide in response to government persecution over his homosexuality. To be clear, he does not claim to have disproved the suicide theory -- only that the cyanide poisoning that killed Turing could well have been an accident caused by his careless at-home experimentation with dangerous chemicals.
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RE[3]: um... rule of law?
by JAlexoid on Tue 26th Jun 2012 21:41 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: um... rule of law?"
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That something could notionally and illegally have happened does not mean it was a viable option.

Deciding not to prosecute is a legal and a viable option. Just like no one is going to prioritise pranksters over murderers. Or will you call it a injustice and illegal action that the prosecutors are not going after your local praknskters?

Deciding what evidence to present is also a legal and viable option that is used every day in every justice system. That is why I put the word lost in quotes.

Edited 2012-06-26 21:43 UTC

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