Two stories in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal caught my attention this morning. They relate to “information overload,” and are pertinent to yesterday’s column. Too important not to share, they bring the subject into the present. I was writing instead of reading the paper.
The FBI withheld documents from the prosecution and defense in the trial of three men accused of murdering Malcolm X in 1965.
Imagine yourself walking down the street minding your own business and suddenly being put in jail for 20 years.
One of the three is still regarded as guilty. That man testified that the other two were not. They maintained their innocence until their release. The Innocence Project found the evidence too late. If ever there was a heroic organization here is one. The FBI is not. Information underload.
In the Kyle Rittenhouse trial the prosecution kept a high resolution drone video of the crimes for themselves while passing on one of lower quality to the defense. This was discovered after the case went to the jury. Information underload.