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The rate of violent crime in this state is up 30% from last year. The fault lies entirely in our court system: Recently our judges’ sentences have been so lenient that criminals can now do almost anything without fear of long prison term.

The argument above would be weakened if it were true that

A.85% of the other states in the nation have lower crime rates than does this state
B.White-collar crime in this state has also increased by over 25% in the last year
C.35% of the police in this state have been laid off in the last year due to budget cuts
D.Polls show that 65% of the population in this state oppose capital punishment
E.The state has hired 25 new judges in the last year to compensate for deaths and retirements

please support your answer by explaining why you think the asnwer should be your pick.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2007, 16:36
imo c.

just because the police are less crimes are more..not because judges are lenient.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2007, 16:37
Straight C...this gives alternate explanation for the increase in crime and thus weakens the conclusion.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2007, 18:42
hmmm .. It could be A or C. Both weakens the statement.

A - if other states have lower crime rates means it is not a problem with the judicial system

C - Police is reduced, this causes the higher crime rates

I think C weakens it more.
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Re: kaplan premier CR 8 [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2007, 19:52
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The rate of violent crime in this state is up 30% from last year. The fault lies entirely in our court system: Recently our judges’ sentences have been so lenient that criminals can now do almost anything without fear of long prison term.

The argument above would be weakened if it were true that

A.85% of the other states in the nation have lower crime rates than does this state
B.White-collar crime in this state has also increased by over 25% in the last year
C.35% of the police in this state have been laid off in the last year due to budget cuts
D.Polls show that 65% of the population in this state oppose capital punishment
E.The state has hired 25 new judges in the last year to compensate for deaths and retirements

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C. it is so confusing that i could not decide between B, C and E. C seems more reasonable as reduced police force is liable for the violent crime.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2007, 20:09
To weaken a causal relationship, you have to come up with an alternate cause.

C is the only alternate cause that I can come up with.
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2007, 06:26
Answer is C. Introduces another reason for the increasing crime.
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2007, 11:42
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2007, 12:20
Straight C

Lays blame on something.... find something else to blame... easy
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