Een schreeuw die door merg en been gaat
A cry that pierces the marrow and bone
causing terror, excitement, or astonishment
One cannot imagine the clumsy way in which, with no respect for the rules, a decision is sometimes reached in legal proceedings.
Juan Catalan forgives police who framed him for murder he didn’t commit | 60 Minutes Australia
4 sep. 2018
It can happen to anyone
How has it come about that, of the almost 800 people in the examples on the first two web pages, none has done anything wrong and the justice system, by the way it works, makes a complete mess of these people’s lives?
Innocent children end up in the electric chair just like that. These are examples of extreme situations of making fools of people, without reason, reason or cause.
It is a way of working that is similar to Diederik Stapel’s science fraud.
Excerpt from The New York Times about Diederik Stapel’s ‘Science Fraud’
At the end of November, the universities unveiled their final report at a joint news conference: Stapel had committed fraud in at least 55 of his papers, as well as in 10 Ph.D. dissertations written by his students. The students were not culpable, even though their work was now tarnished. The field of psychology was indicted, too, with a finding that Stapel’s fraud went undetected for so long because of “a general culture of careless, selective and uncritical handling of research and data.” If Stapel was solely to blame for making stuff up, the report stated, his peers, journal editors and reviewers of the field’s top journals were to blame for letting him get away with it. The committees identified several practices as “sloppy science” – misuse of statistics, ignoring of data that do not conform to a desired hypothesis and the pursuit of a compelling story no matter how scientifically unsupported it may be.
The adjective “sloppy” seems charitable. Several psychologists I spoke to admitted that each of these more common practices was as deliberate as any of Stapel’s wholesale fabrications. Each was a choice made by the scientist every time he or she came to a fork in the road of experimental research – one way pointing to the truth, however dull and unsatisfying, and the other beckoning the researcher toward a rosier and more notable result that could be patently false or only partly true. What may be most troubling about the research culture the committees describe in their report are the plentiful opportunities and incentives for fraud. “The cookie jar was on the table without a lid” is how Stapel put it to me once. Those who suspect a colleague of fraud may be inclined to keep mum because of the potential costs of whistle-blowing.
18 sep. 2012
Legal system at stake
An Undying Mystery
Real World Justice
Elephent in the room
Is justice attainable?