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[2]: um... rule of law?
by _score on Tue 26th Jun 2012 16:57 UTC in reply to "RE: um... rule of law?"
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That's ridiculous. They could have lost the proof? The army could also have shot the judge, because they're under the control of the executive branch!

That something could notionally and illegally have happened does not mean it was a viable option. What you are proposing is that governmental officials should have committed a crime to protect a guilty individual on the basis of his war service, while also ignoring one of the most fundamental principles of English law.

Whether we believe that what was a crime then should never have been a crime is irrelevant: reduced to principles, that is what you are saying should have happened. The law must be equal in its application, and there is a reason why Justice is blindfolded.

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RE[3]: um... rule of law?
by JAlexoid on Tue 26th Jun 2012 21:41 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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