Convicting Ourselves

Friday, 19 June 2009, 13:33 | Category : Politics
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The US Supreme Court yesterday ruled that there is no constitutional right to DNA testing of evidence for convicted criminals. Think about that… you may have the right to be considered innocent until ‘proven’ guilty, but if there is potentially evidence that could tested to prove your innocence, you have no constitutional right to have it tested. And one of the primary arguments Justice Roberts used to justify the majority position was that “(t)here is no long history of a right of access to state evidence for DNA testing that might prove innocence”. Well, no, there isn’t. The technology for DNA testing hasn’t existed for more than a couple of decades. Neither, not so long ago, was there a long history of a right of access to audio or video recordings of events. But would any court have ruled that someone trying to prove their innocence had no right to use recordings to prove it? This ruling says that we don’t honor justice in this country, we honor the judicial system. And there’s a huge difference there.

On another topic entirely – I continue to be amazed at the contortions we’ll go through, and the cost and complexity we’ll add to our current “health care system” to avoid creating universal health care for our population. We don’t have a health care system, we have an insurance processing system.