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    Adam B, vcmvo2, Ja of Anoroc, Xenophiles

    Why does this diary take the Prosectution's story as completely true and the defendant's story as utterly false?  

    You misstate the premise of this diary to start with.

    Cant everyone admit that no one except the two persons involved truly know what happened that evening?

    Then you forward your own false premise.  While this diary doesn't in itself comprise conclusive proof that the accuser's story was true, it does not follow that it is impossible to prove that this rape was committed and by whom.

    I'm not calling the "victim" a liar, but I'm simply stating that I know that I don't know whether she is telling the truth.  The same is true for the "criminal."

    Except you effectively just did call the victim a liar, and then you emphasized it by putting the quotes around the word.

    In case anyone missed your not so subtle implication.

    Also don't consider the plea bargin an admission of factual guilt (although it denotes legal guilt).  It's possible the defendent was factually innocent but granted the circumstances and legal advice he decided to plea bargin to prevent the risk of an even worse sentence.

    You've already stated you don't believe factual guilt can be established.  (False Premise)

    It is also possible that angels will fly out of my ears, and my bank account will suddenly increase by a factor of seven.

    The possibility that a guilty plea entered into by a defendant who left a fricking note acknowledging culpability after being seen harassing the victim (no quotes needed) who followed up by reporting a rape and submitting to a rape kit is actually an indication of innocence is a lot less likely that either of those occurrences.

    Before you win, you have to fight. Come fight along with us at TexasKaos.

    by boadicea on Sun Jan 14, 2007 at 04:37:09 PM PST

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