This really is a puzzling attitude in light of Europeans' attitudes toward personal responsibility. To wit: visiting a medium-sized city on the Swiss/German border, my expat friend took us to a popular mountaintop viewing area, looking down on the town. Only problem... no guardrails, fences, or ropes surrounding the crumbling slope. In the euro-view, my host explained, if something happens, it's generally your own damn fault. Whatever it was... it's no one else's responsibility, not government's, just your own. Why would this be different? The content creator bears responsibilty, and not an intermediary.
Wouldn't it be great if the next great whistleblower leaked boatloads of ITAC documents and USTR treaty drafts? If everything was publicly leaked, it would be harder to deny the facts, and even the NSA had trouble keeping the smokescreen up once the facts were out.
But none of that matters if you're in collection, and the only way to clear your name is to pay a lawyer to bring suit. Pre-dated TOS; incomplete purchase; truth defense -- perfect case for awarding costs plus something punitive. What is the sound of one hand SLAPP-ing?
Doesn't like? They're a swell team! (Well, mediocre at worst.) It's not about liking the team.
How about a name change to the "Washington Drunken Ape-Faced Leprechauns"? Different ethnic group, similar slur level, but maybe they're less touchy than those we stole the land from and then annihilated. Touchy bastards.
So... when a low-level crime lab technician is shown to be chronically incompetent -- not dishonest, like this judge -- law enforcement wails and rends its garments over the scores and scores of cases that will be thrown out and judgments overturned. And that's just by association, not by proving actual, individual errors. Seems like this would be a literal get-out-of-jail-free card for an awful lot of convicted individuals... unless, of course, her willful subversion of justice is deemed less serious than the lab tech's dirty test tube.
It's been said over and over, but it's really difficult to continually read these reports without imagining what OUR lot would experience if we lied repeatedly and shamelessly, forged documents and generally tried to flim-flam just one -- let alone several -- federal courts. Any of us would be spirited away before we could spell "incarceration".