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  •  Bingo. The article doesn't really explain whether (6+ / 0-)

    ...this was a case of the rare-but-it-does-happen case of a false accusation of rape, or if the victim really was raped, just by someone else.

    However, assuming it's the latter (which I assume is the case), that means that the ACTUAL rapist has been walking around free for all these years.

    •  If the DNA and other evidence rules him (8+ / 0-)

      out then it is reasonable to believe that the real rapist is still out there - or at least not convicted of this specific incidence of rape.

      Honestly, that's always been my biggest beef with prosecutors who steamroll people who are wrongly accused of crimes.  That species of prosecutor is more often than not looking for a notch in their conviction belt and not thinking at all about their responsibility as protectors of society writ large.  They'd rather get a win than actually protect society from a real criminal and that's kind of a big deal especially when you are talking about offenses like rape which are horrifying, destructive and extremely violent crimes.

      •  Its very popular to corner the accused and (9+ / 0-)

        threaten them with big time behind bars--OR plead guilty to a slightly lesser charge in the process of deal making.

        It's all very political.

        The prosecution gets their "man" in the public eye, they are tough on crime, which looks good for election year, meanwhile.....

        Lives ruined, actual perps not apprehended, and more than likely more rape survivors will emerge at a later date, because the perp wasn't caught.

        Gentlemen, congratulations. You're everything we've come to expect from years of government training (Zed, MIB).

        by GreenMother on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 03:27:30 PM PDT

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