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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Bit_Rapist
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2005-11-13

In many countries other than the USA he couldn't have been convicted.

Thats a shame, and here I thought the US justice system was screwed up. Maybe it works alright after all, considering that in other countries this guy (a convicted murderer) might be walking free right now.

So you can't call "morons" all the people who believed in his innocence. How would you likeif I called "morons" those who believed him guilty?

Sure I can, I reserve the right to call anyone a moron ;)

As for calling me a moron? Well I'm only human and have done some pretty moronic things in my time. I wouldn't take it personally.

Seriously though, if I offended anyone then I'm sorry. Obviously I have strong feelings about this whole mess and was shocked that people were acting so blindly with the evidence that was available.

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Anonymous Penguin Member since:
2005-07-06

"Thats a shame, and here I thought the US justice system was screwed up. Maybe it works alright after all, considering that in other countries this guy (a convicted murderer) might be walking free right now."

I am Italian. As everybody knows, my ancestors put the basis for modern law in many countries (but I am perfectly aware that English speaking countries were less influenced by Roman law).
We are of the opinion that it is better to have a criminal walking free than an innocent in prison.
I love England, where I lived for so many years, but the thought of becoming a victim of a miscarriage of justice used to terrify me.
I don't have such a fear in Continental Europe.

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