Thursday, March 13, 2008

Conspiracy Theory

The integrity of our criminal justice system rests on the notion that we investigate crimes, not people.
This interesting article in the New Republic explores the targeting of Spitzer.
The story emerging around the fall of Eliot Spitzer suggests that the case did not start with the report of a crime. Rather it started with a decision to look into Spitzer and his financial dealings. In the course of an open-ended investigation, information about a prostitution circle surfaced. That looks abusive. An investigation like that provides no basis to acquit Spitzer. But it suggests that when his case is done, the public should be pressing some tough questions about why this investigation was launched and pushed forward.

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