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To: wideawake
But they screwed up disastrously and then decided to compound it by lying and tampering with evidence.

You are exactly right. They paid a heavy price for being lazy and not wanting to simply write a memo. Although I still think that charging them with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony (which carried the mandatory 10 year sentence) was underhanded and unethical.

49 posted on 08/28/2008 2:52:59 PM PDT by usurper (Spelling or grammatical errors in this post can be attributed to the LA City School System)
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To: usurper
They paid a heavy price for being lazy and not wanting to simply write a memo.

It's isn't a matter of not writing a "memo."

When a law enforcement officer fires a weapon, it's a big deal and needs to be accounted for. I don't think either of us would like to live in a jurisdiction where law enforcement officers would be allowed to fire as many rounds as they wanted without ever having to account for or justify the discharge of those rounds.

They also removed physical evidence from a crime scene. They also lied to investigators about tampering with the scene.

Although I still think that charging them with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony (which carried the mandatory 10 year sentence) was underhanded and unethical.

When you lie to and mislead investigators, they will throw the book at you. Especially when you have been underhanded and unethical - i.e. lied - to them. As peace officers themselves, Compean and Ramos knew they were playing with fire by messing with the investigation of other law enforcement personnel.

They basically dared the prosecution to throw the book at them.

75 posted on 08/28/2008 8:17:43 PM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who like to be called Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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