Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Oct 2006 14:20 UTC, submitted by JCooper
In the News We at OSNews have tiptoed around the following unfolding story for a while now, scared we would wrongly damage Hans Reiser's image. However, now that he has been arrested as a suspect in this case, we cannot ignore it any longer. "Oakland police today arrested the estranged husband of 31-year-old Nina 'Nenasha' Reiser on charges of murder even though in the month since she vanished, investigators have found no trace of her body. Hans Reiser, a man who has recently refused to cooperate with investigators, was arrested today along with two additional unidentified people around 11 a.m. at an acquaintance's home in the 6900 block of Simson Street, according to police."
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Give the man the benefit of the doubt
by n1xt3r on Wed 11th Oct 2006 17:25 UTC
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Here we have a case where a young woman might be found dead or alive, yet even absent of the facts, some of you have been quick to convict her estranged husband of murder. If this was you, then show some humility and be ashamed! We say, "innocent until proven guilty" in this country for a reason. For the sake of everyone involved, I really hope that they find her alive and that Hans is found to be innocent. Expressing personal feelings about the man's work or preconceptions of his personality in a joking manner is both inappropriate and untimely.

Edited 2006-10-11 17:34

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dylansmrjones Member since:

I agree.

I have no more faith in the police than Hans Reiser has. I've seen it too often that the police choose an easy solution to a crime and sticks to it no matter what turns up.

A few years ago we had a great scandal in Denmark with a person being almost lynched for apparently having killed a lot of elderly people on her work. The police told the media she was 110% guilty and almost everybody treated her as such. Turned out she was completely innocent. Oops...

So I'm not going to judge Hans Reiser until some solid evidence pops up.

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Varg Vikernes Member since:

Are you serious? Do you have any idea how the legal system works? Arresting him means the DA probably has enough evidence to convict him. They don't just go arresting people for no reason.

Police expressed confidence that the district attorney's office would arraign Reiser on charges for murder even without the discovery of Nina Reiser's body.

So yeah, the probably do have some strong evidence that he did it.

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aent Member since:

It depends on the area. I know a couple people who lived around me who were arrested for a crime when they had no evidence against them. They were later let go without a trial, as they didn't commit any crimes. The policy here is arrest first, ask questions later. I believe it even happened to a politician here who was falsely accused of illegally obtaining and using prescription drugs when they were prescribed to him... they said they were going to try to switch back to the proper way of trying to gather some evidence before they arrest in the future but who knows if they actually are.

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chemical_scum Member since:

Are you serious? Do you have any idea how the legal system works? Arresting him means the DA probably has enough evidence to convict him. They don't just go arresting people for no reason.

Here in Canada we have a number of people who were convicted of murder and subsequently proved innocent let alone those charged and then found innocent. I Suspect the situation in the US is the same or worse. Especially as some of them are probably now dead after execution.

That he has been arrested is not proof of guilt. The police and public prosecuters often have their own agendas.

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