Another verdict I disagree with.
It is all over the news, no link but I will give you the overall skinny, ONLY AS part of a theoretical view of law in general in the aspect that I DONT like the direction it is going. SO in reading this please understand this is NOT bout one case, but THE CLIMATE of our current society of getting on a jury just to get even.
So a rich millionaire caused a crash and left the scene a person died as a result, THERE IS NO DISPUTE in this case on those facts. However, he was convicted of drunk driving, EVEN THOUGH no one saw him at the time of the crash. Now his defense was that his car was defective and he couldn't do anything for the person anyway, panicked and when he got home drank.
YEA bullshit, I know. But if I sat on that jury I could ONLY convict him on the hit and run and the failure to lend aid. But I could not convict him on the drunk driving. Not because he didn't do it, but evidence, not my emotional reaction to the nature of the charge, is what matters.
I don't like our climate of "Justice" because it isn't as much fact based, but emotionally based.
It isn't based on "If it walks like a duck, it's a duck", NO you as the cops, prosecuting lawyer, judge and jury, YOU JOB is to follow due process and base it SOLELY based on what you can prove, not what you think the accused deserves. YOU CANT JUST SAY "IT WALKS LIKE A DUCK," If you are going to take anyone's freedom away you better damned will PROVE it is a duck.
The reason all of us reading this should care, IS NOT based on this guy, or one case. THE REASON we should care is because humans can be vindictive and EVIDENCE is the only thing that can prevent the falsely accused from falsely being imprisoned.
I fear our jury pool climate is creating the atmosphere that it is more important to send a message than it is to get the facts right.
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