Monday, May 16, 2005

Monday Morning Bits n' Pieces

I don't really feel like talking at length about any one thing, so I'll just throw up some stories I found interesting.

First, from the indomitable
CrimProfBlog, we have this update to a story I posted awhile back:

We previously blogged here about the growing trend of cities putting suveillance cameras in public places to detect crime. This week, Baltimore rolled out its new public surveillance system, and while the Mayor was performing a public demonstration of the system during the unveiling ceremony, a man was witnessed stuffing his cigar with pot and was promptly arrested. I suppose the Mayor couldn't have dreamed of a better PR event to support his $2 million expenditure. Story . . . [Mark Godsey]

Professor Godsey may be speaking tounge-in-cheek with that last line, but my philosophy is "Hey! It works!". We may consider rolling a blunt to be a minor crime, but I'm happy that minor crimes and major crimes alike will be caught on tape. I would seriously consider moving to/working in Baltimore just to be a part of this cool new paradigm for cities.

Another tidbit from

Gail Heriot at The Right Coast blogs about a death row inmate who wants to hurry up the process and be executed. His lawyer is trying to stop the execution by arguing that it would constitute assisted suicide in violation of state law. [Mark Godsey]

Very clever.

And lastly, a tibit from the Boston Herald:

Even if the state continues to pump money and scientists into its overburdened crime laboratory, it will take ``five to seven years'' before DNA testing can be turned around in 30 days rather than the current rate of up to 15 months, officials told a legislative committee yesterday.

Although the state will double the 12 DNA chemists within a year and plans to build a new crime lab capable of meeting all the commonwealth's forensic testing needs, it would take 80 scientists alone to handle the massive requests for DNA testing. ``The (Romney) administration and the Legislature has stepped up to the plate over the past several years but it's a long road,'' said Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe. ``We have to stay on it and make sure we don't get off it. We're five to seven years out on that but none of these things happen overnight.''

The state's beleaguered crime lab made headlines again in April when a suspect was arrested in the murder of Truro fashion writer Christa Worthington. Because the crime lab is backlogged with thousands of cases, it took almost a year to match a suspect's DNA profile to evidence recovered from Worthington's body.

I had no idea it took that long to get DNA tests squared away like that. Hopefully we can get this process streamlined in the future.

Well that's all the bits n' pieces for today. Tune in tomorrow when I try to find a ridiculous Jesse Jackson quote that he just made today so that we can make fun of him.


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