I just wanted to add a little to this:
Two reasons why this guy got off: http://t.co/b4O4N63cQ9 1, CSI-style shows. 2, good luck finding a jury that would have convicted.
— Moe Lane (@moelane) August 28, 2014
Not the bit about ‘No jury would convict;’ the bit about CSI. I think that thirty years ago, that guy would have been convicted of second degree murder, or possibly would have gotten to cop to a temporary insanity plea; because thirty years ago the fact that the guy had ammo of the same type as the bullet used in the homicide, but no gun* for that ammo, would have loomed larger than the fact that there was no powder residue on the guy’s hands or arms. Forensics is not actually magic, or a collection of Magic Plot Devices; if the guy knew what he was doing then he could have scrubbed the evidence, easy. If he did, that was apparently enough to let him go free.
Now, as to whether he was guilty… well, I was not on that jury, I don’t have to have an opinion, and be damned sure that I’m not going to offer one.
*I wonder just how hard the cops looked for that hypothetical gun.