I don't get early access to all the evidence in a criminal case. Most prosecutors just turn over the file, but some try to hide the ball as long as possible. One thing that is a common thread in my experience is that most people think the criminal justice system provides far more rights and protections than it does. I blame TV, and certain political interests that want people to think accused criminals are being coddled.ed wrote:The plural of anecdote is not evidence yet many of these things rise above mere storytelling.
If it is a fact that one in the Star Chamber cannot have a lawyer that is a severe problem, as is not having early access to all "evidence" as well as ... well, you get the idea. Are these assertions lies?
The lawyer thing depends on the context. I suspect it is either overblown or the school needs straightened out.
Lies? Have no idea. They are being told from a certain point of view though, and in my experience for every one legitimate complaint about any system of this type there are ten people who are mad to the point their perspective is not all that trustworthy. Personal anecdotes about being screwed over are something I've learned to comprehensively scrutinize rather than take at face value.
I'm sure some falsely accused persons are getting screwed over. I think the concern over this, especially by men, is that the idea of a false accusation is absolutely terrifying in a relatable way, whereas the experience of being sexually assaulted and having the person doing it go free is not.
In a non-criminal context, these are equally valid interests. Weighing them equally isn't going to be easy. Some colleges will have to be sued.