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Tuesday, February 07, 2006


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I think it's a great idea. We've had several innocent people killed by accidents caused by high-speed chases here.

In fact, I want to give patrol officers more high-tech documentation tools, not less of them. Why? Because if done properly, such tools would increase civil liberties, not restrict them.

Innocent until proven guilty? NOT IN TRAFFIC COURT. Not today. But because the issue is trival and abuses are rare, it's not a big deal. Of course, it wasn't trivial to me when I was charged with a traffic violation I didn't commit, then had to miss a day of work and drive four hours round trip to fight the ticket (unsuccessfully) in court -- based on no evidence beyond the cop saying that I was the same driver he witnessed speeding on the Interstate minutes earlier and miles away.

Planted evidence? Manipulated confessions? He-said-she-said? Use technology to document, and make the technology transparent. That's how you get better justice. "Trust Us" doesn't work for journalism anymore, and the same standards should be applied to law enforcement.

Show your work.

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