Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Washington State Goes Overboard on Breathalyzers

Via Lawrence Tayler's DUI Blog (I told you that he's the king of DUIs and has a blog worth visiting), it comes out now that the Washington State Legislature is making all breathalyzer results admissible in court, regardless of whether the machine is shown to be in working order or not. As Taylor points out, the legislature obviously got tired of these damn cases falling apart in Court due to defective and worthless machines, and now they've decide to fix things by making bad evidence admissible, rather than making bad evidence good.

Absolutely incredible, why not get rid of hearsay as well, since it's so inconvenient (well, actually Washington actually tried that, and of course, they were slapped down by SCOTUS in Crawford, so I guess there's really no limit to what they'll do, except SCOTUS, which is hardly comforting). What other protections can we get rid of to ensure more people are convicted. That pesky 4th Amendment? Gone. 5th Amendment, curtail it. 8th Amendment, does that really even exist anymore? Ahh, the grandaddy of them all, the 14th Amendment, SLASH! Now don't we feel so much better.

Check out Larry Taylor's blog for more.

5 comments:

Gideon said...

Or even more so, the 6th! Let's just bury Habeas into the ground and forget that it ever existed. If we can't do that, let's so ridiculously limit the claims that can actually win a petition and let's raise the standard for proving ineffective assistance so high, that even lawyers who sleep through trials and who are found to be high on speed during them are declared competent and as having provided effective assistance. Gideon? What Gideon? Strickland? Don't know her, sorry.

Geez.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes the only way to make people realise why we have due process is to go so far in the opposite direction that there is a backlash. It seems this is going to be one of those cases....

Anonymous said...

Sometimes the only way to make people realise why we have due process is to go so far in the opposite direction that there is a backlash. It seems this is going to be one of those cases....

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