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To: runes who wrote (781)7/22/2003 3:44:53 PM
From: Math Junkie  Respond to of 786
 
Hmmm...That link doesn't seem to really fit this situation. The issue is not whether people are presumed innocent, it's whether there is any constitutional limitation on how Congress defines the seriousness of a crime.

"BTW - why doesn't Congress tackle the problem head on rather than going through this presumptive route?"

You mean by requiring the prosecution to prove the economic value of the crime before the court decides whether the defendant is guilty of a felony or a misdemeanor? Sounds like a good idea to me. I happen to think that classifying it as a felony is going too far, except in those cases where the prosecution can prove there is a major impact.

BTW, one thing that puzzles me is the quoted figure of ten downloads equaling $2500. CDs haven't gone up to $250 each, have they?