Posted May 1, 2008 7:25 UTC (Thu) by csawtell
In reply to: Losses
Parent article: On the conviction of Hans Reiser
All of which is very good advice. In addition, this tragic case has been a
learning exercise for us all.
In the past I have learnt that if you find yourself in a room with
an argumentative person, particularly somebody
who has the potential to do you harm, do not engage in the argument.
Just leave the room. Nina would probably still be with us if she had done
If you find
yourself in a situation where you could be accused of a crime and
- Talk very politely to the police about the weather, and
not much else.
- Do not change any of your routines at all. If you,
understandably, just have to go somewhere else then tell the police how to
- Don't talk about your situation to anybody, even your
family and friends, but if you must, do not use any means of communication
which can be intercepted.
In effect that means talking only in the open air.
- Do not engage a
legal defence team until you are actually arrested.
If you are arrested:-
- Don't talk at all except to your appointed
legal defence team. In most civilized jurisdictions, this is your absolute
Finally, if you are an intelligent, yet volatile, individual who lives
away from of the mainstream of your society, I'd suggest you measure its
level of civilization by looking at the proportion of its citizens who are
incarcerated in prison and how they are treated. If you discover your
country of abode to be lacking, I'd suggest that you start learning a
European language without delay, Danish, Swedish, or Swiss-German would
all be excellent choices.
Note: I Am Not A Lawyer, but this is, in
essence, what I have been told by a friend who is one, and what I have
learnt from the Reiser tragedy.
Finally take note of the fact that Gerry
and Kate McCann are sleeping at home in their own bed, whereas Hans Reiser
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