Thursday, September 8, 2005

CSI Told You So!

Reuters is reporting some unintended consequences of the popularity of the CSI franchise: criminals are being more careful about leaving evidence, or they are leaving evidence behind from people who have nothing to do with the crimes.

Also, juries are expecting higher standards of proof when they hear cases, due to expectations developed from watching the shows.

This reminds me of the story I read some years ago about a fellow in France. The police showed up to search his house, and he demanded to see the search warrant. The gendarmes informed him that search warrants weren't necessary in France, and maybe he shouldn't watch so many American police procedurals.



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