Gavin Putland 
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Re: “America's senseless War on Drugs is a war on black and Latino men

Legislation backing the "war on drugs" purports to reverse the onus of proof in drug-possession trials. But the existence of a constitution, or even the existence of a court, implies that we are under a "government of laws", not a "government of men". If someone can plant drugs among your belongings, and if you are then required to prove that the drugs are not yours (which you can't), then you are under a government of men, namely those who are willing to plant evidence. Therefore the reverse onus of proof cannot be valid in any jurisdiction. So, if you are on the jury in a drug case, and if you are told that the defendant must prove that his/her possession was unwitting, it is your civic duty to put the onus of proof back where it belongs (on the prosecution), raise it to the proper standard (beyond reasonable doubt), and hand down a verdict accordingly. More: http://is.gd/retstrat .

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Posted by Gavin Putland on June 20, 2012 at 11:00 PM
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