Guess you could call them that — «armchair lawyers» — all the ones who have been watching [too?] many criminal cases and forensics shows on TV. That’s me included, to a certain extent. People you wouldn’t expect, have become very knowledgeable about the terminology used in criminal cases and forensics … words you wouldn’t even have a clue about otherwise. «petechial hemorrhage» for example, «nuclear DNA» … who would have known about all this, hadn’t it been for TV?! Not the average guy, methinks … In real-life-trials, they nowadays talk about the CSI-factor; all the jurors have watched so much CSI on TV so they ‘know all’ about forensic evidence.
But now many of us do know some, and when Netflix aired the documentary ‘Making a Murderer‘, just recently, it became the topic of conversation all over the web and on TV. Won’t go into any details of that case here and now … I do have some opinions and they boil down to «beyond reasonable doubt». So many questions were left unanswered, regardless of how much Nancy Grace shouts on her show. I do think the guy is exactly where he should be, but that’s because of what he did to the cat, and has nothing to do with the case.
Here, in little Saint John, New Brunswick, we’ve had [have?] a high-profile murder case, that would be suitable for a show like the above, or at least a crime novel. A rich guy, belonging to the Moosehead Breweries family, was bludgeoned to death in his office, four and a half years ago. His son became the only suspect. It has all the necessary ingredients; money, adultery … you name it. The trial was over just before Christmas last year, and the only suspect was found guilty of second degree murder. Again, I was baffled … where did the ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ go? Did that fly out the window? The case was entirely circumstantial, no murder weapon was ever found, the judge kept underscoring how much reasonable doubt there was, when he gave the instructions to the jury. Still, the jury came back with the guilty verdict. Just like in the Netflix case, there were many unanswered questions, but I still think there must have been doubts. The emotions were flying high in the local Facebook group — the place where you can find most of these, so called “armchair lawyers” — where many of them had him guilty from day 1. «Innocent until proven guilty», huh?!
Coincidentally, as I’m typing up this post, a news-flash popped up from the local paper; the guy has filed for appeal in the murder case here, so … the saga goes on.
If some forensic team were to investigate my computer after all my searching for petechial hemorrhage, nuclear DNA and all that stuff, they’d find me a very suspicious person 😊, but I just wanted to make sure the spelling was correct.