Monday, March 8, 2010

Ben Roethlisberger accused of sexual assault...again

Even though we religiously recite, "innocent until proven guilty" in reference to public accusations, Ben Roethlisberger has been accused of sexual assault again, and only a fool would think he was innocent both times.

It could be 2 separate instances of being falsely accused.
It could be that Ben puts himself in bad situations and eventually these types of things happen.
It could be that the quarterback is guilty.
...or some variation or combination.

In court there is always a big battle between the state and a defendant as to the admission of evidence and/or accusations from prior similar acts. Usually, the judge rules carefully in favor of the defendant to prevent prejudice from the jury. In effect, the fear is that knowledge of a past act or even accusation will taint the jury's ability to judge the current facts on their own basis.

But in our normal reality, we should want to do just that. Use every aspect of humanity to try to come to the truth. On the face of it, if a person is accused of roughly the same things by two separate people, they are probably guilty. Now you have to remember being separate also involves the situation and type of people involved; because if let's say a certain group of people: young men, older white women, middle aged blacks, etc. all share the same cultural response to various things, then it could be possible that something innocent could be misconstrued in nearly the same way by distinct individuals.

So that is the challenge. How do we as society afford people civil rights in the justic system, yet treat people the way they deserve. Ben Roethlisberger deserves stern treatment and should be made to answer for himself, his reputation, and the NFL.

He deserves the Tiger Woods treatment.
We need to set an example that as a person you should avoid any potential for these type of accusations to be made.

The easiest way to do that is to live a good and moral life. Find a nice young lady, settle down, and be responsible.

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