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According to CNN.com, a South Carolina man is appealing his conviction on rape charges because jurors found a written confession in a pair of his pants. The jurors, who had received the trousers as evidence, admitted to a prosecutor that they read Stanley Bradley's confession before registering their verdict.

CNN did not mention if the jurors were aware of the controversy now swirling around Florida Senator Mel Martinez, who inadvertently passed Democratic colleague Tom Harkin a secret memo detailing ways the GOP could capitalize on the Terri Schiavo case. But we think the similarity between the two stories points to a troubling national trend: an America that's lost all control of its private documents. And that lets us pose a question we've been longing to ask for some time now: What does Mel Martinez have in his pants?

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