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I’ve been thinking lately about the concept of mercy.
I started thinking about it while reading an excellent book called “Say Nothing,” by Patrick Radden Keefe. It’s a history of the Troubles, the long war between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland that was full of horrific violence — extrajudicial assassinations by British troops, bombings by the Irish Republican Army (known as the I.R.A.), shootings, stonings and more.
Many I.R.A. members served time in prison during the Troubles, sometimes long stretches. But even the people whom Keefe describes being convicted of violent acts, like bombings, eventually tended to get out of prison. As terrible as the conflict was, the British laws, courts and government leaders — including even at times hard-liners like Margaret Thatcher — still retained some sense of mercy. And the I.R.A. members who were released often went on to lead productive, nonviolent lives.
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Around the same time that I finished reading “Say Nothing,” I also watched “The Case Against Adnan Syed,” a four-part documentary by H.B.O. A few years ago, Syed was also the subject of the first season of the megahit podcast Serial. Despite murky evidence, he was convicted in 2000 of killing his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. They were both in high school at the time.
I finished the H.B.O. series still not sure whether he committed the crime or not, which is also how I felt after listening to Serial. But a few things are clear: The prosecution’s version of the crime doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. It’s based on an implausible timeline, an unreliable witness and questionable cellphone records. Syed also suffered from having an incompetent lawyer at his trial.
Given these issues, two different Maryland courts recently ordered his conviction to be vacated, which would have led to a new trial. But a panel of appellate judges recently ruled against him, by a vote of four to three, reinstating his original conviction. Syed is again facing the prospect of spending the rest of his life in prison for a murder he may not have committed.
I wish the facts were clearer — that his innocence or guilt could be established. But that seems unlikely. Instead, we’re left with a 38-year-old man who was convicted on dubious evidence, in a trial that fell well short of fairness. He has already spent nearly 20 years behind bars.
The just outcome remains unknowable. The merciful outcome — unless he’s convicted again, at a new trial — is for him to go free, sooner rather than later.
Serial doesn’t take sides on whether Syed committed the crime. The H.B.O. show does, arguing that he’s innocent.
Vox’s Aja Romano offered both praise and criticism for the H.B.O. show, noting that it raised good questions about the prosecution’s case but also failed to grapple honestly with inconvenient evidence.
“As someone who personally believes in Syed’s probable innocence, and who definitely believes his trial was unjust, I was left frustrated by The Case Against Adnan Syed’s unwillingness to objectively present me with the case against Syed — especially given how loudly the case for his innocence has already been trumpeted,” Romano wrote.
In Slate, Mark Joseph Stern wrote: “I do not know if Adnan Syed killed Hae Min Lee on Jan. 13, 1999, and neither do you … What matters is that the prosecution of Adnan Syed comports with the Constitution — and so far, it plainly has not. We all deserve better than this masquerade of justice.”
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2016年马报开奖资料大全【江】【鱼】【一】【怔】，【摇】【了】【摇】【头】。 【莫】【三】【娘】【瞅】【瞅】【左】【右】，【压】【低】【声】【音】【道】：“【独】【孤】【平】【曾】【经】【是】【韩】【飞】【的】【师】【傅】，【携】【带】【韩】【飞】【千】【里】【同】【行】，【远】【赴】【塞】【外】，【送】【他】【去】【天】【山】【灵】【鹫】【宫】【学】【艺】。” 【江】【鱼】【心】【头】【一】【震】，【低】【声】【道】：“【你】【说】【他】【是】【为】【了】【飞】【儿】【出】【头】？” 【莫】【三】【娘】【缓】【缓】【点】【头】，【低】【声】【道】：“【韩】【飞】【争】【位】【失】【败】，【独】【孤】【平】【心】【中】【不】【忿】，【找】【你】【为】【难】，【就】【是】【为】【了】【替】【韩】【飞】【出】【头】。”
【第】【二】【天】，【早】【上】。 【纽】【约】【长】【岛】，【位】【于】【大】【海】【悬】【崖】【旁】【的】【豪】【华】【别】【墅】。 【穿】【着】【正】【式】【秘】【书】【服】【饰】【的】【佩】【珀】，【踢】【踏】【着】【高】【跟】【鞋】，【来】【到】【地】【下】【工】【作】【室】。 【一】【打】【开】【门】。【就】【可】【以】【看】【到】，【换】【上】【休】【闲】【衣】【的】【托】【尼】，【在】【对】【着】【工】【作】【台】【上】【的】【装】【甲】【部】【位】【忙】【碌】【改】【造】。 “【托】【尼】。【我】【就】【知】【道】，【心】【情】【不】【好】【的】【时】【候】，【你】【都】【会】【在】【这】【里】【与】【机】【械】【战】【甲】【为】【伍】。”【佩】【珀】【倚】【靠】【在】【门】【边】，
【在】【所】【有】【人】【的】【注】【视】【时】，【房】【间】【的】【空】**【现】【一】【个】【漩】【涡】，【初】【时】【非】【常】【的】【渺】【小】，【到】【了】【后】【来】【越】【来】【越】【大】。 【最】【终】，【这】【个】【漩】【涡】【扩】【张】【到】【了】【一】【丈】【大】【小】，【每】【个】【人】【都】【紧】【张】【极】【了】，【凝】【神】【戒】【备】，【随】【时】【可】【能】【动】【手】。 【下】【一】【刹】【那】，【一】【个】【倩】【影】【缓】【缓】【迈】【步】【而】【出】。 【这】【是】【一】【个】【穿】【着】【羽】【衣】【的】【女】【子】，【面】【容】【清】【新】，【看】【一】【眼】【就】【能】【让】【人】【忘】【记】【所】【有】【烦】【恼】。 “【别】【动】【手】。” 2016年马报开奖资料大全【显】【而】【易】【见】，【古】【一】【即】【将】【被】【死】【亡】【女】【神】【召】【唤】，【奥】【丁】【即】【将】【死】【去】【的】【这】【段】【时】【间】【是】【地】【球】【乃】【至】【九】【界】【防】【御】【力】【最】【为】【空】【虚】【的】【一】【段】【时】【间】。 【两】【位】【强】【者】【用】【尽】【全】【力】【拖】【延】【那】【一】【天】【到】【来】【的】【本】【意】【是】【想】【给】【予】【他】【们】【的】【传】【承】【者】【更】【多】【的】【时】【间】，【从】【而】【使】【得】【阿】【斯】【嘉】【德】【以】【及】【地】【球】【不】【至】【于】【空】【门】【大】【开】。 【可】【惜】【的】【是】，【无】【论】【是】【斯】【特】【兰】【奇】【还】【是】【索】【尔】【到】【现】【在】【别】【说】【是】【成】【为】【地】【球】【以】【及】【阿】【斯】【嘉】
“【你】【且】【稍】【歇】，【他】【交】【给】【我】【来】【对】【付】。”【封】【一】【城】【道】。 “【小】【心】，【他】【比】【京】【城】【之】【中】【的】【姜】【晨】【更】【强】。”【龙】【易】【道】。 “【知】【道】【了】。” 【封】【一】【城】【持】【剑】【而】【上】。 【轰】【隆】，【茫】【茫】【雪】【山】【之】【间】【传】【来】【激】【烈】【的】【碰】【撞】【之】【声】。 【山】【中】【风】【雪】【越】【来】【越】【大】。 【一】【人】【风】【雪】【之】【中】【独】【行】。 【他】【停】【住】【了】【脚】【步】，【似】【乎】【是】【听】【到】【了】【什】【么】【声】【音】，【然】【后】【改】【变】【了】【前】【进】【的】【方】【向】，【速】【度】
【小】【树】【叶】【非】【要】【亲】【自】【喂】【秦】【烨】【吃】，【自】【己】【刚】【刚】【剥】【好】【的】【瓜】【子】【仁】，【都】【是】【宝】【贝】【儿】【女】【儿】【的】【一】【番】【心】【意】，【秦】【烨】【微】【笑】【的】【吃】【下】【了】。 “【嗯】【啊】，【真】【好】【吃】！” 【秦】【烨】【对】【着】【女】【儿】【笑】【了】【笑】，【开】【口】【夸】【赞】【了】【一】【遍】，【小】【树】【叶】【闻】【声】【后】，【整】【个】【人】【都】【开】【心】【的】【笑】【了】。 “【嘻】【嘻】，【小】【树】【叶】【最】【爱】【粑】【粑】【了】！” 【小】【树】【叶】【真】【的】【很】【爱】【秦】【烨】，【尤】【其】【是】【她】【现】【在】【这】【个】【阶】【段】，【每】【天】【都】【很】【黏】
“【皇】【上】【知】【道】【惠】【贤】【太】【后】【下】【在】【显】【宗】【身】【上】【的】【毒】【药】【是】【什】【么】【药】【吗】？”【文】【太】【妃】【露】【出】【讽】【刺】【的】【笑】【意】，【惠】【贤】【太】【后】【机】【关】【算】【尽】，【最】【后】【还】【是】【一】【败】【涂】【地】。 【周】【谨】【不】【语】。 【文】【太】【妃】【便】【自】【问】【自】【答】，“【是】【绝】【嗣】【的】【药】，【就】【跟】【惠】【贤】【太】【后】【下】【在】【英】【宗】【身】【上】【的】【药】【一】【模】【一】【样】……【所】【以】【皇】【上】【您】【本】【是】【不】【该】【来】【到】【这】【个】【世】【上】【的】，【是】【贞】【太】【妃】【有】【福】【气】，【显】【宗】【才】【没】【有】【绝】【后】……” 【惠】