a reply to: Bundy
Well Bundy, this is one of those moments where we realise that we do not have to agree with one another, in order to respect one another.
Believe you me, I am not in any way protective of the justice system as it stands today. It is prone to abuse, prone to failure through the ignorance
of jurors, the corruption of the same, the flaws and corruptions carried by judges, lawyers, and of course, those who write the law which is enforced
in this country.
However, the reasonable doubt measure was put in place to prevent the innocent from going to jail for a crime they had nothing to do with. It was
constructed on the basis that it was better that the guilty go free, than the innocent suffer harm at the hands of the justice system.
Now, I am all too aware that the basic principle I have just outlined, is not upheld by a system which locks people up for posession of some illicit
plant material, or fails to pay for certain licenses and what have you, but finds it hard to deal with things like domestic abuse, child abuse, and
commercialised tax evasion or avoidance. But what some are suggesting, which seems to be tantamount to immediately locking up/butchering anyone who is
even MENTIONED in a case like this, is simply not an answer to any question worth hearing, let alone composing a response to.
The idea that evidence CANNOT be found against ANYONE in the establishment who might have committed a sexual offence against a minor is very much in
question in my view. Think about the number of people involved, the number of professional traffickers, underworld figures, fixers, and henchmen that
must have been involved over the years. Statistically, it is impossible that not one single person who saw something going on as a witness rather than
as a victim, would be prepared to speak out. Not enough effort has been made to locate these people, to identify and question them.
I am also eager to hear what the results of the new inquiry into these matters will be, because I find it likely that with the new hand at the
tiller, the lady from New Zealand, things will start to get decidedly difficult for those who had any connection with these events, no matter how
small. She seems the sort of woman who will summon the god damned postman to answer questions, if she thinks it will help, let alone any other
characters that might have been named in a testimony.
The law may well be an ass, on that we can all agree. However, resetting the law to the point where it was previous to the assumption of innocence
until proof of guilt has been established, is not the solution which will provide the best outcomes for this country, and no matter how harrowing the
cases we are discussing are, the importance of that assumption of innocence does not change.
If assuming guilt was enough to lock a person up, I would have been locked up for everything from serial murder to terrorism, purely because of what
I look like, and for no other reason. People look at me, and either experience terror, confusion, amusement, or revulsion, and sometimes all of the
above at once. People in times past have been locked up for "looking the sort" to have committed a burglary, a murder, a rape, or a serious assault.
Moving backward into the dark ages is tempting when rage is induced by the sickness of certain people, and that feeling is understandable. But
wrecking our country in order to remove the rot from it defeats the object somewhat in my opinion.
I do understand anyone who is not able to share that viewpoint, since I know how emotive this subject is, and I apologise if my rationale does not
seem to contain enough inchoate fury at what has been done to children, by the powerful and famous figures we have already heard accused. Believe me,
I am angry at the mere possibility that even one sentence, one word, one single bit of PUNCTUATION in the accusations being made, could be true. I
cannot imagine how it would effect me if something horrid like these cases mentioned in the OP befell my son.
But I do not know how to turn my reasoning mind off, even when my fire is up, and as brightly as anyone might burn on this issue, and understandably
so, I do not believe it wise to abandon reason in the face of the events which have been coming to light of late. Indeed, I believe reason is the only
legitimate tool to use, to finally put the villains to bed, and sort the mess that is the law out so that this sort of thing cannot happen unreported