DCR 
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Re: “Defending the Poor

There will be no reform until police and prosecutors better screen the cases they charge or prosecute. Far too often a defendant is "overcharged," i.e., charged with a felony when it should have been a misdemeanor from the beginning. Furthermore, too many prosecutors take unreasonable stances in their cases and refuse to negotiate anything but the maximum penalties for relatively minor offenses, saying they don't have the authority to take anything less than the maximum penalty, and pushing cases until the eve of trial before offering anything less than the maximum or dismissing charges that were identified early on as unprovable. The self-righteous, overly punitive mindset of police and prosecutors is responsible for the backlog of cases and overwork of defense attorneys, both private and public. Until reason is reintroduced into prosecution, the criminal justice system will remain broken.

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Posted by DCR on 01/29/2010 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Big Bird's Burgers

Wow - You did it, Nathaniel! Congratulations! You wrote the perfect review - it got far more readership than the "average" BW audience, made people think, drew a ton of responses, and sent readers in droves to Big Bird's. The God Squad fell for it hook, line and sinker. Isn't it funny how many of the responders think they know as much, or more, about restaurant reviewing than you, yet they completely missed the largest points of critical reviewing in journalism: generating interest in the article (and hence the publication as a whole) AS WELL AS the subject restaurant, so both get more attention (and business) from the public?
I liked the article, loved reading the comments, and am going to go try Big Bird's myself just to see what all the buzz - from both sides - is about.

Keep up the good work.

Posted by DCR on 01/24/2010 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Big Bird's Burgers

Wow - You did it, Nathaniel! Congratulations! You wrote the perfect review - it got far more readership than the "average" BW audience, made people think, drew a ton of responses, and sent readers in droves to Big Bird's. The God Squad fell for it hook, line and sinker. Isn't it funny how many of the responders think they know as much, or more, about restaurant reviewing than you, yet they completely missed the largest points of critical reviewing in journalism: generating interest in the article (and hence the publication as a whole) AS WELL AS the subject restaurant, so both get more attention from the public?
I liked the article, loved reading the comments, and am going to go try Big Bird's myself just to see what all the buzz - from both sides - is about.

Keep up the good work.

Posted by DCR on 01/24/2010 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Awkward cop interaction leads to seat belt ticket

I disagree; it should NOT be a primary offense, because it gives officers one more pretext under which to pull someone over. Police are always fishing for DUI's or people possessing contraband. Being able to say "It didn't look to me like he/she/they all had their seat belts on so I pulled them over" makes it too easy for police to be lazy, pull any and everyone over on a fishing expedition for larger "crimes," and would lead to excessive violations of our Fourth Amendment rights.

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Posted by DCR on 05/26/2009 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Wanted: A few good virtual students

Excellent story - thanks for clarifying the IVA's parent company pays for the ads. Now I'd suggest digging in to whether the curruculum used by the IVA has been vetted by the State Board of Education's textbook selection committee, and whethery IVA goes through the competitive bidding process in Idaho for the computers and other peripherals it provides its students, and if not, why not, who is it purchasing them from, and at what cost?

Posted by Don Robertson on 05/13/2009 at 2:31 PM

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