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DEA Presentation Shows How Agency Hides Investigative Methods From Trial Review

Peyna Re:Fruit of the poison tree (266 comments)

Evidence that that police heard you on an illegal wiretap saying that you wanted to buy a kilo of cocaine is not exculpatory if you happen to later commit a traffic violation while transporting said kilo of cocaine and the police develop independent probable cause justifying a search of your vehicle.

It might be exculpatory if you said you wanted to buy a kilo of cocaine and the police found a kilo of heroin, though.

about 8 months ago

DEA Presentation Shows How Agency Hides Investigative Methods From Trial Review

Peyna Re:Fruit of the poison tree (266 comments)

The prosecution is required to hand over all the evidence they intend to use at trial, and any potentially exculpatory evidence. Not "all the evidence they gathered."

about 8 months ago

Through a Face Scanner Darkly

Peyna Re:I do not look forward to this. (336 comments)

Most importantly, though, we don't hold his past against him because his offense was something like "Intent of Sexual Assault," which is something that any cheating or otherwise regretful whore could have fabricated after leading a man on while in a drunken stupor before her boyfriend found out and gave her an ultimatum.

You don't have to justify your non-hate of a convicted sex-offender by downplaying their guilt. It's perfectly acceptable to say that he committed a crime, and has changed his life, and is now a law-abiding citizen. He is still paying part of his debt to society by being a registered sex offender for some period of time.

Instead of believing that a criminal is capable of change, you instead choose to believe that this particular person was never a criminal in the first place. I'm curious why that is? Is it easier to work next to someone believing they're not actually a registered sex offender?

So, do me a favor when you return to work: Consider the fact that he may actually be guilty of this crime. That he may have actually done something wrong, and attempted to take advantage of some woman sexually, and that is capable of doing so. Are you still as comfortable working next to him?

about 8 months ago

When Cars Go Driverless, What Happens To the Honking?

Peyna Re: Electric cars aren't silent (267 comments)

but the bicyclist or pedestrian that doesn't hear the car coming, Might dart out In front or turn in front of the vehicle more quickly than it can respond. Something they wouldn't have done if they knew a car was there.

about 8 months ago

When Cars Go Driverless, What Happens To the Honking?

Peyna Re: A Button For Humans To Press (267 comments)

Cairo was very similar when we visited in late 2010. For added excitement, not only do the drivers there honk nonstop, they also drive with their headlights off at night.

about 8 months ago

Isaac Asimov's 50-Year-Old Prediction For 2014 Is Viral and Wrong

Peyna Re: Link to Asimov's actual article (385 comments)

If my employees can receive a check for not working that is higher than what I am willing to pay them to work (or, probably even lower than, because who would work a full time job if you're only going to make a few bucks more than if you didn't work), what is my incentive to maintain my business at all?

Rather than pay my employees more so I can stay in business, but make less money myself, I too could simply not work and make a decent wage.

Your logic is horribly flawed.

about 9 months ago

Evolution's Path May Lead To Shorter, Heavier Women

Peyna natural selection? (411 comments)

I wouldn't really call this "natural selection." Social, cultural, political, and economic factors drive birth rates. It so happens that women in places with the highest birth rates tend to be shorter and heavier. It's not because they're more likely to be fertile and reproduce. It's just that they haven't figured out how not to get pregnant yet. (Or choose not to practice birth control despite it being available).

more than 4 years ago

Up To 90 Percent of US Money Has Traces of Cocaine

Peyna Re:Legalize Cannabis, not Cocaine! (441 comments)

Maybe they're saying we should legalize it, because in most states possession of any amount of cocaine is a felony, and it appears that 90% of us who carry cash are guilty of it, even knowingly guilty of it, since we now know that there is a 90% chance that each bill in our wallet is tainted.

more than 5 years ago

New HIV Strain Discovered

Peyna Re:How? (263 comments)

Are you familiar with Dennis Kucinich?

more than 5 years ago

RIAA Awarded $675,000 In Tenenbaum Trial

Peyna Re:Here's the best part of the Ars article... (492 comments)

Actually, attorneys are supposed to do what their clients want (for the "big picture" things), not what is necessarily in the clients "best interest." The only time we care about anyone's best interest is typically when children are involved, and they will typically get a special advocate appointed.

A real good attorney can convince their client that what the client thinks is the right thing to do is not, and in that way persuade them to do something that is in their best interest as opposed to what they really want to do, but at the end of the day, all of the big decisions are made by the client, and it's up to the attorney to make it happen. (Client decides the what, attorney decides the how).

If this guy's goal was to be a political statement, then maybe his attorney did the right thing. I would hope he tried to talk him out of it first and explain to him that working a reasonable settlement would be better for him in the long run financially, otherwise he did his client a disservice.

more than 5 years ago

RIAA Awarded $675,000 In Tenenbaum Trial

Peyna Re:bankrupt then what? (492 comments)

sell your debt to a junk debt buyer. This entity buys your debt for pennies on the dollar and then attempts to collect 200-400% of the original amount owed. They keep 100% of what they collect. The people from whom you actually borrowed the money don't see a dime.

You left out that the junk debt collectors will continue to call the phone number that you abandoned 5 years ago no matter how many times the new owner of that number explains to them they don't know who the hell Monica is. Or, when you finally get them to stop calling, they sell the account to someone else, and it starts all over again.

more than 5 years ago

Court Orders Breathalyzer Code Opened, Reveals Mess

Peyna Re:But does it work? (707 comments)

I don't recommend refusing. Your refusal to take the test can be used against you in court. (South Dakota v. Neville, if you don't believe me). Also, if it's not your first offense, many states have stiffer penalties for refusing.

Instead, if you know you're not under the influence, offer your blood if you don't trust the breath machine. Two advantages. A more accurate test, and, can be preserved for independent testing down the road.

more than 5 years ago

UK Libel Law Is a Global Threat To Web Free Speech

Peyna Re:lol (363 comments)

Death penalty has been abolished for minors since 2005.

more than 5 years ago

UN Attacks Free Speech

Peyna Re:Sorry, but I have to consider the source (842 comments)

It actually doesn't stop anything. It's a non-binding resolution. It has as much weight as when the U.S. Congress passes a resolution declaring it Bob Smith Got a Hang Nail Today Day.

more than 5 years ago

Canadian Court Orders Site To ID Anonymous Posters

Peyna Re:Free speech? (358 comments)

Trying to post anonymously on the Internet is like sending an anonymous letter with a return address label on it.

more than 5 years ago


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