This is the week I pitch my brilliant idea for a situational comedy around town so blogging will slow from "a crawl" to "nonexistent". I leave you, however, with this juicy piece that makes you
a) wish Mencken were still around, but also
b) profoundly uneasy:
"Prosecutors in the United States say jurors schooled in crime investigations through watching TV dramas are making it tough to prove cases because they expect to see sophisticated forensic evidence, even in white-collar trials.
Alice Martin, the US state prosecutor for the Northern District of Alabama, said the so-called 'CSI effect - a reference to the hit television show about gruesome crime scene investigations - hurt her in a recent corporate case.
Ms Martin has told a white-collar crime conference at Georgetown University Law Centre in Washington how jurors' expectations hurt the case against HealthSouth Corp founder Richard Scrushy, who was acquitted of securities fraud and other charges in June.... Ms Martin says jurors in post-verdict interviews said 'we needed a fingerprint on one of the documents or we needed him [Mr Scrushy] to say the word 'fraud' on the audiotape' that was secretly recorded by a former HealthSouth finance chief.
'They said, 'they always do fingerprints on TV',' Ms Martin said."