Friday, August 04, 2006

A Hurricane of justice

I just finished watching a good dvd...
The Hurricane (1999) with Denzel Washington. Denzel adds another to the list of some of my favorite movies. Although towards the end, I started to think... it was meant to be an inspirational story, yet I felt a bit sad that our justice system locked up an innocent man for such a long time with several attempts to rectify the situation. I can't imagine what this man went through. The movie almost glamourized his life in prison... reading, meditation, growing flowers, hot soup, etc... I wish they would have shown a little more as to how prison really is.
And... this leads me into a story that I found this morning on boingboing... Talk about Justice...

We can detain any combatants for the duration of the hostilities," said Gonzales, speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

"If we choose to try them, that's great. If we don't choose to try them, we can continue to hold them," he said... The proposed rules would allow hearsay evidence to be introduced, including evidence obtained under duress, unless a military judge considers it unreliable, Gonzales said.To prevent terrorists from having access to confidential information, judges handling the cases must be able to temporarily exclude defendants from their own trial if deemed necessary for national security.

Wow... this sounds pretty scary, and now combining this with having just seen the movie "The Hurricane" - These are dangerous times.

Here's the full article on yahoo news.

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