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I would like to take a moment to comment on the story “Innocent Even if Proven Guilty” (4/19). I want to say that I have been a police officer in the District of Columbia for six years. On more than one occasion I have seen what in my opinion was racially based jury nullification. The results are obvious if you look out your window. It is evident to me that your reporter Lisa Gray supports this. I guess that would be because the “racist police” issue seems to be a popular one these days. While Paul Butler says this should be limited to “victimless crimes,” it has been my experience that all crimes have victims. The next time I stare into the face of a dead child who was an innocent victim of a drive-by shooting perpetrated by two people involved in the “victimless crime” trade, I’ll remember to call Gray or Butler to the scene to see the end result.

Arlington, Va.