Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 8th Jun 2008 15:53 UTC, submitted by sonic2000gr
Legal The story of Hans Reiser, the eccentric file system programmer, is a tragic one. The author of the ReiserFS was arrested under suspicion of the murder of his wife Nina Reiser in 2006, and was declared guilty in April 2008. Some still placed doubts about the conviction, stating that he might be innocent. It now seems that all doubt has been quelled, since Alameda County District Attorney Thomas Orloff has revealed that Hans Reiser will disclose the location of Nina's body for a reduced sentence.
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RE[4]: Comment by Oliver
by atriq on Sun 8th Jun 2008 23:43 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Oliver"
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It's remixed a lot, but there's the saying:

It's better that 1000 guilty men go free than one innocent man be imprisoned

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RE[5]: Comment by Oliver
by null_pointer_us on Mon 9th Jun 2008 19:54 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Oliver"
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I understand the sentiment, but is it practical?

Suppose those 1000 guilty men who've just been freed kill two men, rape six women, kidnap a few kids, steal a bunch of cars, rob some convenience stores, beat a dog, etc.

Would the victims (and/or their families) truly be grateful for that one innocent man's freedom?

Edited 2008-06-09 19:55 UTC

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RE[6]: Comment by Oliver
by atriq on Mon 9th Jun 2008 21:03 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Oliver"
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It's a matter of what the people find to be more just. The count of free guilty people and imprisoned innocent people will never be zero.

So which do you favor, seeing more innocent people behind bars or more guilty people go free?

I'd rather be fearful of criminals on the loose than having to worry about a government that would imprison me just for wanting to be on the safe side.

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