Saturday, October 10, 2015

Will secret grand-jury hearings solve the city's no snitchin' problem?


Will secret grand-jury hearings solve the city’s no snitchin’ problem?

Philadelphia court reforms could include replacing some hearings with grand jury proceedings.

Yes, witnesses will be able to remain anonymous until the actual trial
  143 (25.8%)
No, criminals will learn soon enough who dimed them out
  180 (32.5%)
Yes, but only if coupled with a crackown on those who threaten witnesses
  278 (50.2%)
No, wrong to deny defendants the chance to confront their accusers in open court
  118 (21.3%)
Total votes = 554
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ISSUE | SEMANTICS When one door closes . . . Mark Randall needs to lighten up ("Houston, we have multiple issues," Monday). While I do not know with certainty the intentions of the people who placed the sign reading "This door has issues; please use the other one" on a door of a university building, my guess is that they were doing what Randall cannot recognize as a humorous explanation for the inoperable (oops, broken) door.
UNTIL THREE years ago, my wife and I were like a lot of immigrants: Drawn to the U.S. by jobs better than what we could find at home, we saw ourselves as outsiders - temporary resident aliens, as the government called us. Even living in Washington, I followed U.S. politics with detachment, the way you'd watch a football game between two schools in states you've never been to. When our friends back home in Canada asked if we planned to stay, we'd shrug and joke about the weather being better.