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Look, I'll be the first to argue that keeping people locked up for decades without trial is a monstrous travesty of justice. I'd argue that Adolf fucking Hitler should be released if you couldn't convict him after five years. But there are a couple of points here that you fail to account for:

  1. Not all the cases started at the same time, because some of the indictees were better at evading capture than others.

  2. You can reasonably expect (at least to first order) that the ratio between convictions and acquittals hold up - so you could use the figure [convictions*(1 + ongoing/acquittals)] if you wanted to. But using just convictions remains nonsense.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Mar 16th, 2009 at 06:26:19 AM EST
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