If currently expressed sentiments in the Trump presidential administration regarding college campus sex-crimes policies and procedures take the shape of new standards and legal imperatives, says one Obama-era official, the United States will be taken back to the days "when colleges swept sexual assault under the rug."
O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing garnered national headlines this week. Indeed, some may believe that he is still receiving unfair celebrity treatment for simply being granted a hearing. This sentiment arguably spilled over when the commissioners voted unanimously to grant parole.
Little did a man know that the real fireworks central to a 4th of July evening he spent with friends and a newly introduced woman on a city rooftop would commence months later with a knock on his door at home.
When prosecutors bring forward DNA evidence, they typically argue that these tests are extremely accurate. They often claim, although there is some debate over this, that it would be a one in a billion chance for someone to have identical DNA test results to those of the accused. They push back on defense questioning about possible errors in the collection or testing of the evidence.
Many people strongly believed that legislative changes would follow in the wake of the massively reported sex crimes case of an ex-Stanford student athlete that recently culminated in his release from custody after a three-month incarceration period.
The following account of a sex-crimes investigation and trial might unnerve some readers, but not for reasons they might immediately assume.
To simply acknowledge that it is a challenging matter for any individual to be accused of or criminally charged with a sex crime is sheer understatement.
How understandably harrowing it would be to be a victim of sexual assault or any other sex-based crime. Waves of empathy and, equally, sadness, flow out from any sane and reasonable person to every individual who is harmed by the predatory act of another.
Do you think it's possible for unfortunate -- read unfair and even unlawful -- things to happen during a criminal interrogation when, as noted in a recent article on that subject, a suspect is "vulnerable and unassisted by a lawyer?"