Alabama allows judges to override jury sentences in death penalty cases. Study shows that 92 percent of overrides are when judges impose a death sentence over the wishes of a jury.
Yes, it’s true. If the government monitors you for every minute of every day, there’s a good chance that if you’re ever falsely accused of a crime, footage from government cameras could get you off the hook. This is not a persuasive argument in favor of government monitoring you every minute of every day.
Adam Mueller and Pete Eyre go on trial tomorrow in Greenfield, Massachusetts. They’re charged with felony wiretapping for openly recording at a police station.
The SF cameras are in public places. You could also have witnesses in public places. As both the article and Balko himself have noted, camera footage is a lot more reliable than eye-witness testimony. The reform that’s needed is for camera footage to be freely accessible online without having to make any request. Maybe they could bill you for it to avoid taking up too much resources, but that would be an ideal situation.