1.07.2008

That's A Lie

Dallas DA Craig Watkins writes an op-ed piece about his first year in office. Although I like the guy, this is crazy talk:

We came to office with the mantra of being "smart on crime." This encompasses vigorously prosecuting and seeking tough punishments for criminals who are found guilty of violent crimes. It also means we employ a method of prosecution that has produced a conviction rate of 98.5 percent over the last year.
98.5%? Absolutely impossible. No way. It cannot be done. If that number concerned only jury trials (which is doesn't), you wouldn't have a conviction rate even close to that. DWI trials alone are historically a 50/50 proposition. If that number involves all cases (including plea bargains) then I bet the number is under 50% when you consider how often deferred adjudication is given (which, by definition, means there is not a conviction.)

"98.5%" is an outright lie.

Edit: Someone wrote that he meant the conviction rate was 98.5% higher than the year before. I don't think that's what he meant at all. I think he is saying "Over the last year, we have a conviction rate of 98.5%" And whoever wrote the caption for the DMN for the photo above, sure read it as I did. (But it was an interesting take.)

8 comments:

mzchief said...

WOW!
I am shocked and outraged to learn there is an elected official that has told a LIE by distorting the facts. Especially shocking is to learn this about a DALLAS politician.

Next thing you know, someone will say there is NO Santa or Tooth Fairy.

...back to filing and buffing my fingernails...

*SMuG GRiN*

Anonymous said...

It depends on what the definition of is is. This ole boy went to the school of Bonnie and Clyde Clinton School of Spin.

Anonymous said...

Mzchief - I don't want to ruin your day but there is no Easter Bunny either.

Anonymous said...

The only thing I've read about Watkins this year is how they give murderers probation and are freeing wrongfully convicted people after DNA testing. Way to go, Dallas.

Anonymous said...

He didn't say it was a flat conviction rate 98.5 percent. He said the conviction rate has improved by 98.5 percent.

But yeah, he's probably still off the mark.

I don't really understand why people would think it's a good thing to have a 100 percent convictions rate anyway. That doesn't sound like a very just justice system. That sounds like court in North Korea.

Anonymous said...

Folks, freaking face it.

Barry is a racist liberal. If you are an intellectual, and you've been reading and commenting on his 'lil blog as long as I have, it's totally obvious.

He's just pandering to the Wise Guys, MzCreep and her minions, and most importantly, the "High Sheriff".

I can assure you his mom is quite disturbed.

Barry, you should be ashamed.

mzchief said...

To anonymous 5:12...
I have met Mrs. Green and she is NOT "disturbed." She is a VERY rational, dear LADY who clearly is more in control of her faculties than you could EVER hope to be of yours. As for your claim that Barry is a "racist liberal", prove it.

Clearly, just because YOU declare something as fact does not make it so.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, where did 5:12 get "racism" out of this? Harks back to my definition of racists--those who mention race in their discussion of things. I suppose this conviction rate includes the deferred adjudication pleas as convictions, then it might get "close" to numerical reality. But that's cheating. I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't include cases they filed, but then voluntarily dismissed because of their own decision.