The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)

Monday, December 13, 2004

Scott Peterson has been condemned to death. This brought out of the woodwork the usual gaggle of passive-aggressive, reflexively pro-criminal types who cannot be satisfied by any evidence less convincing than videotape -- that is, unless someone at Pixar might have had it in for the defendant:

yes it was a totally circumstantial case. No cause of death, no time of death, no murder weapon, no evidence as to how she was killed, no identifiable crime scene, no eyewitnesses, no confessions. Nada.

There was a hair in a pair of pliers in the boat but hair is so easily transferred it does not support a conclusion that she was on the boat.

I guess "totally circumstantial" means "any evidence that one feels like explaining away." Because blood samples can transposed at the lab, and hairs can be planted (presumably after being obtained from one's local Neighbor Hair Vendor), and eyewitnesses are prone to error, and cops can be bigoted, and ...

I mean, shouldn't those who declare that Scott Peterson was railroaded feel some obligation to propose an alternate scenario for Laci Peterson's death? Mr. Peterson's defenders have made noises about burglars and homeless people. Modesto must have some tricky and resourceful homeless people. Imagine a bum who can lift hairs out of Peterson's head, and has access not only to a car to take away the body, but also a boat to dump it in the bay!



Hoo boy... Can you even provide a shred of evidence for direct involvement?

And why the fuck should we propose alternate scenarios? There's Occam's Razor, and there's railroading. Neither are to be applicable in a real court of law. The only thing left is a legit investigation, which never happened.

"Reflexively pro-criminal" Talkleft. Ha. That's sharp. BLARG.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:40 PM  

Congratulations on your swift comment -- six months after I posted, to be sure, but before some liberal judge overturns Peterson's conviction because the jury was not told about a Perry Mason mystery in which a woman's hair was left on a plier in a boat as a frame attempt.

By Blogger Floyd, at 9:23 PM  

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