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Post by Skeeve » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:40 pm

From the old world: French women’s rights activists denounce Deneuve’s letter
PARIS — An open letter signed by movie star Catherine Deneuve and dozens of other French women about men being unfairly targeted by sexual misconduct allegations has prompted a backlash in the French press and on social media.

In the letter, published in Le Monde newspaper, Deneuve and about 100 actresses, writers, scholars and artists argued that the “legitimate protest against sexual violence” stemming from the Harvey Weinstein scandal has gone too far and threatens hard-won sexual freedoms. They said men should be free to hit on women and advocated against “puritanism.
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When I read shit like this I realize we don't have it so bad in the USA...
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Post by Skeeve » Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:53 pm

What the Bishop Bell Case Reveals about Our #MeToo Moment
An uncomfortable truth is that false accusations can and do happen.
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Any reasonable person not engaged in mob justice should be able to imagine a number of reasons that someone might falsely make an accusation against someone else. These range from the accidental (false or mistaken identification) to the deliberate (avarice, revenge). It is no more the case that everybody who makes an allegation against somebody else must be telling the truth than it is that they must be lying. A small but important case from the United Kingdom seems capable of shedding some caution on the furor occurring everywhere.

It relates to the former Bishop of Chichester, George Bell, a much-admired clergyman who died in 1958. Two years ago — in 2015 — an allegation of child abuse by the bishop was made public. The accuser (who remains anonymous) alleged that Bell repeatedly abused her more than six decades ago. No other similar charges have been made.

What was remarkable was not just the allegation, but the way in which it was reported. In Britain, the story was splashed across many of the national and local newspapers and prominently relayed on the BBC. It was given fuel by the Sussex Police, who (ever-keen on pursuing people who died decades ago)...
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... issued a statement stating the charges and editorializing that “the information obtained from our enquiries would have justified, had he still been alive, Bishop Bell’s arrest and interview under caution, on suspicion of sexual offences.”
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And there the whole thing might have lain had a couple of journalists not reared up in horror at this one-sided trial of the dead. Peter Hitchens of the Mail on Sunday led the charge, along with Charles Moore (of the Telegraph and Spectator) as well as a few others. Thanks to their efforts, the tables slowly began to turn. Last year the police grudgingly apologized to the bishop’s one surviving niece.
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As Hitchens’s headline put it, “If a saintly man can be branded a sex abuser, none of us is safe.”
So it took two (or more) journalists a good two years ... to clear a dead man.

Here is a link to Hitchens blog/article.
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Post by RCC: Act II » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:53 pm

There is always a margin of error. If the system ran on absolute certainty, you might as well not have a system.

And this:

"“If a saintly man can be branded a sex abuser, none of us is safe."

Is just a horrifying position given the history of covering up sex abuse by clergy that was enabled by the absurd idea that clergymen are per se saintly.

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Post by ed » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:00 pm

Facing your accuser and due process would help.
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Post by Skeeve » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:14 pm

RCC: Act II wrote:There is always a margin of error. If the system ran on absolute certainty, you might as well not have a system.

And this:

"“If a saintly man can be branded a sex abuser, none of us is safe."

Is just a horrifying position given the history of covering up sex abuse by clergy that was enabled by the absurd idea that clergymen are per se saintly.
So if a some of them do it, they all must be doing it?
If a saintly man can be branded a sex abuser, none of us is safe
If we won’t fight injustice wherever we see it, then we are not safe from suffering injustice ourselves. If a man’s reputation can be destroyed in an afternoon by a secret kangaroo court, then we too can one day be propelled into a pit of everlasting shame by the same process.
If it can happen to anyone, it can happen to you.
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Accusations of long-ago sexual crime have become a sort of industry in this country. People are so horrified by them that they almost always believe them.
Because the crime is so foul, we stop thinking.
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To their shame, police and prosecutors use our horror to get easy convictions, when they must know that their cases are weak. The less actual evidence they have, the more they stress the disgusting nature of the alleged crime. And they forget to remind us that it is alleged, not proved.
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Equally shamefully, judges do not stop these trials and juries leave their brains at the door. They convict not because they are sure the case has been proved beyond reasonable doubt, but because they are angry and revolted.
He goes on about the way the Church of England essentially hung this guy out to dry and how he and others worked to get the case re-opened.
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Fortunately, I found allies who felt the same. At first slowly and then with gathering strength and confidence, we assembled the evidence which showed that grave wrong had been done. The Church of England, whose senior figures are astonishingly unimpressive and tricky, tried to smear us with false claims that we had attacked the complainant. But they failed, and at last grudgingly agreed to review the case.

When the review told them that they had run an incompetent, miserable kangaroo court and that they had condemned a great man on evidence too weak to hang a hamster, they sat sulkily on that report for nearly ten weeks, until they were jeered into releasing it.
Even then, when it came out on Friday, a Church which supposedly believes in penitence was still wriggling like a basket of embarrassed eels. The distinguished and impartial lawyer who conducted the review, Lord Carlile QC, made it quite plain that no court would have found George Bell guilty on the evidence (indeed, the Crown Prosecution Service would not even have brought it to court).
That's telling considering, parts of the CPS are some of the same folks who apparently fucked up so royally n earlier posts....
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... udent.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news ... -7hdjtlv9z
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Post by gnome » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:34 pm

Skeeve wrote:
RCC: Act II wrote:There is always a margin of error. If the system ran on absolute certainty, you might as well not have a system.

And this:

"“If a saintly man can be branded a sex abuser, none of us is safe."

Is just a horrifying position given the history of covering up sex abuse by clergy that was enabled by the absurd idea that clergymen are per se saintly.
So if a some of them do it, they all must be doing it?
Certainly not, just that it is an unsupportable error to imagine that someone's position in the clergy should be presented as a reason for less suspicion than someone in a different profession. Being officially "holy" does not seem to make it any less likely that someone has done wrong.
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Post by Doctor X » Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:23 am

Taking a break from being Supreme Being Goddess, omniscient, omnipotent, and responsible for all ills. Sorry I have failed the world so far on gender equality. Maybe stop trying? Will be back later. (Next incarnation maybe.)
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Of the criticism for adding her name to the letter [In support of due process for a university professor accused of sexual harassment.--Ed.], Ms Atwood wrote: "And now, it seems, I am conducting a War on Women,like the misogynistic, rape-enabling Bad Feminist that I am".

She added: "In times of extremes, extremists win. Their ideology becomes a religion, anyone who doesn't puppet their views is seen as an apostate, a heretic or a traitor, and moderates in the middle are annihilated."

Ms Atwood also offers misgivings about the movement going too far, warning of the dangers of "vigilante justice", which she says "begins as a response to a lack of justice".

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Post by Skeeve » Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:19 pm

Enough with the #MeToo Bullshit
I’ve kept silent over the scalp fest that is the #MeToo debacle for a good bit of time. One reason is I get my perspective will largely be ignored by a good swath of people who will say “Oh, look at the cishet white male shitlord” and move on. We’re in a society where your patents of oppression* matter more than rational thought.
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Now things have taken a different turn and the virus has infested the legal profession. People who should know better, who swore an oath to uphold the law, are jumping on the bandwagon of “OMG Someone Did Something BURN THE HERETIC!”

This must end now. Speaking from the legal perspective, the #MeToo movement is wrongheaded, completely dishonest, and has backfired in ways its woke disciples couldn’t have expected.
Lots more, written by a lawyer (or so he claims) and makes some points mentioned before.
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Post by Skeeve » Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:02 am

The Humiliation of Aziz Ansari
Allegations against the comedian are proof that women are angry, temporarily powerful—and very, very dangerous.
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Was Grace frozen, terrified, stuck? No. She tells us that she wanted something from Ansari and that she was trying to figure out how to get it. She wanted affection, kindness, attention. Perhaps she hoped to maybe even become the famous man’s girlfriend. He wasn’t interested. What she felt afterward—rejected yet another time, by yet another man—was regret. And what she and the writer who told her story created was 3,000 words of revenge porn. The clinical detail in which the story is told is intended not to validate her account as much as it is to hurt and humiliate Ansari. Together, the two women may have destroyed Ansari’s career, which is now the punishment for every kind of male sexual misconduct, from the grotesque to the disappointing.
And that one was written by a woman...go figure.
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Post by gnome » Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:18 am

Sure, if they want to put words and motives upon Grace instead of addressing her actual objections, what they made up is far easier to criticize.
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Woman, 22, is arrested 'after posing as her boyfriend and sending death threats to herself' in a 'nightmare' plot that had him jailed and fired
A 22-year-old Texas woman has been arrested after prosecutors say she attempted to frame her boyfriend on trumped-up charges of domestic violence and bribery in what has been described as a 'nightmare' catfishing conspiracy.

Lisa Marie Garcia, of Baytown, was arrested on Thursday and charged with retaliation and online impersonation.

The woman is accused of creating fake Instagram accounts and using cell phone apps to make it seem as if her boyfriend, 23-year-old Brandon Berrott, was threatening her. It is reported that couple have been locked in a custody battle.

If convicted of the charges against her, the 22-year-old could be looking at up to 10 years in prison.
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Attorney Carl Moore, whom Berrott hired to try and clear his name, said he believes Garcia concocted the plot because she wanted his client to give up his parental rights, but he was determined to stay involved in his child's life.
Hope they throw the book at her, but I doubt she will get more than the 'obligatory slap on the wrist'....
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Post by Skeeve » Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:41 pm

RCC: Act II wrote:
Skeeve wrote: If so, are you leaning towards the "did they just fuck up" explanation?
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Pretty much the fuck up. I also don't trust any paper to properly report the details of anything criminal related, so I'd also suspect things may not be as they are portrayed.

However, cops cutting corners in a rush to put the person they "know" is guilty behind bars is beyond standard and requires no anti-man conspiracy or whatever to explain any of this.
Update: Hundreds of cases dropped over evidence disclosure failings
Last year, 916 people had charges dropped over a failure to disclose evidence - up from 537 in 2014-15.

It comes after recent collapsed rape cases highlighted a failure to share evidence with defence solicitors.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the justice system had "systemic" problems.

In the lead up to criminal trials, police and prosecutors have a duty to disclose evidence that might either assist the defence case or undermine the prosecution's.

However, the recent collapse of several rape cases has heightened concerns that evidence is not being disclosed early enough, and that the rules are not being followed.
Yep....
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Analysis

Suddenly, disclosure is a hot topic. It used to be seen as a rather dry part of the trial process which no one quite understood.

Occasionally, there would be a headline about a miscarriage of justice because evidence was not disclosed; a review would be set up with a promise that "lessons will be learned", before the issue disappeared again.

But the recent spate of collapsed rape prosecutions has highlighted that disclosure is not some theoretical concept but a vital legal procedure that affects people's lives.
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'Breaking point'
The new figures, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, reveal the total number of people whose trials have ended or the charges against them dropped due to a failure to disclose evidence.
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Post by RCC: Act II » Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:47 pm

Police misconduct is wrong and compromises the integrity of the rule of law.

Especially in serious cases. When politics pressure law enforcement to get convictions related to the latest We Must Do Something campaign, it gets like this. Sometimes it is sexual assault. Here it is opiates. In my last place it was meth. It is always sex crimes involving children.

This doesn't mean these things aren't serious problems though. It just points toward the fallibility of humans in general.

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Post by ed » Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:49 pm

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/22/worl ... abuse.html
At this point in his papacy, some supporters worry that the pope’s lackluster record on holding the church hierarchy accountable for its role in the abuse crisis could threaten to erode the moral authority and global popularity necessary for the pope to make progress on priorities in and out of the church.

On his flight back to Rome, Francis issued a rare apology for what he called a “slap in the face” to victims. He was referring to the crisis he had created in Chile when he said that he had seen no “proof” that a bishop covered up abuse.

“Here I have to apologize because the word ‘proof’ hurt them,” he said on the plane. “It hurt a lot of abused people.” He added: “I know how much they suffer. And to hear that the pope told them to their face that they need to bring a letter with proof?”

But then he wound up making an unclear distinction between proof and evidence, and offered a spirited defense of Bishop Juan Barros Madrid, the Chilean accused by some abuse victims of protecting the Rev. Fernando Karadima, a notorious Chilean pedophile priest.

Some of those victims have said Bishop Barros witnessed the abuse and did nothing, an accusation he denies.

“Someone who accuses insistently without evidence, this is calumny,” the pope said. “If I say, ‘You stole something, you stole something,’ I’m slandering you because I don’t have evidence.”
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:29 pm

.. could threaten to erode the moral authority ...
What moral authority? :roll:
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Abdul Alhazred wrote:
.. could threaten to erode the moral authority ...
What moral authority? :roll:
I am guessing you are not roman catholic then?
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:24 pm

Skeeve wrote:I am guessing you are not roman catholic then?
It seems to me the RCs are getting a little antsy about Frankie.
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Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Skeeve wrote:I am guessing you are not roman catholic then?
It seems to me the RCs are getting a little antsy about Frankie.
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Post by ed » Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:02 pm

didn't he redefine mortal sin?
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Post by Skeeve » Sun Jan 28, 2018 3:07 am

Charles IN Charge?
Scott Baio wasted no time in disputing accusations from actress Nicole Eggert, who said he repeatedly molested her between the ages of 14 and 17. Baio took to Twitter saying “her claims are 100% lies” before going to Facebook Live in an effort to prove the allegations were false.
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In a 16-minute-plus video, Baio sits at a desk as if it were a formal press conference going through a stack of documents (which are all posted on social media in their entirety) to prove Eggert wrong. “The reason I’m doing Facebook Live is because no one can edit me,” he said. “This is the truth.” His wife, Renee, can be heard off camera giving him direction on his defense and providing commentary of her own.

Baio says that when Eggert’s first claims against him came up, she was promoting her reality shows — but he kept his “mouth shut” because they eventually go away. Baio said that she “just won’t let them go.”

The accusations came up again in 2017. He presented to two letters that he sent to Eggert and fellow Charles in Charge co-star Alexander Polinksy when they “decided to team up against” him. He told them to go to the police if they have legitimate claims...
Wow, what a novel idea, so did they?
...but they chose not to and instead went to social media where Baio says, “People like me get beat up.”
Yea well, when it is "trial by facebook" you don't have to worry about all that nasty "filing a false police report" stuff...
In the video, he says that Eggert was his best friend and all of a sudden he is a “bogeyman”. He concludes, “The problem with almost all he said-she said cases is they’re he said-she said. Now, go prove it or disprove it.the real problem with this is people with legitimate claims aren’t taken seriously — and that’s too bad.”
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