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Let's be careful out there

   Buffalo News editorials today urge caution. Specificially, try to do justice, rather than just close cases. And don't use any more X-ray radiation than necessary. Viz:

- Convicted but innocent - Buffalo News Editorial
   For every innocent person who is in prison — and recent events in Buffalo have proven that it happens Pacyon — there is at least one guilty person on the streets.
   So as Erie County District Attorney
Frank A. Sedita III properly apologizes to Douglas Pacyon [right] for the more than six years he served in prison for a crime he did not commit, it may be even harder for the D.A. and the whole criminal justice system to explain themselves to the women who, it has been conclusively proven, Pacyon did not rape back in 1984. ...
   The Pacyon case is one more reason why we consistently call for a higher standard to be observed, for interviews and confessions to be videotaped, for
DNA samples to be collected from all convicted criminals, for the law to compel judges to require that testimony from jailhouse sources be supported by some other, independent, evidence.
   For the standard of success for police departments and prosecutors to be the same that it supposedly is for society as a whole: To punish the truly guilty. Not just the person who can be made to look guilty.
- The Innocence Project

- Easy health reform - Buffalo News Editorial
   One of the reasons why real health care reform has seemed such a tough nut to crack is that it involves two seemingly contradictory goals.We want better care. And we want it to cost less.Scan
   But, in at least one area of medicine, there is reason to believe that cost-cutting, intelligently done, will actually improve the long-term health prospects of many Americans.
   As outlined in an Associated Press investigation that ran on the cover of Sunday’s Viewpoints section, doctors in the United States order, and their patients receive, many more X-rays and CT scans than do their counterparts in other industrialized nations.
   Setting up systems such as HEALTHeLINK costs money, of course. But, once in place, they can go a long way toward reducing both unnecessary doses of radiation and cutting the costs of practicing good medicine.
- The Uncritical Use of High-Tech Medical Imaging - New England Journal of Medicine

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News


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