Birdy Song over-dub from YouTube. Otherwise I'd be posting that right about ..... here >>>
which caused me to have to explain why I was laughing to my workmates
I agree it should have gone to trial. Even if the prosecutor wasn't convinced it is surely his job to represent the victim to the best of his ability. And no, the judge shouldn't be ruling prior to hearing ALL the evidence.
Most rape trials come down to 'he said, she said', because there tend not to be impartial witnesses.
Really? Sure the most difficult ones are like that but I don't know about most.
The problem is that if there really is no other evidence - then it really is she said vs they said and that in the end comes down to convincing a jury which party is lying (the most). I can see where credibility is compromised so much by past behaviour that the judge and prosecutor believe that a trial is pointless.
For example would anyone believe Clinton now if he was accused of having consensual sexual relations with another intern?
I'm not trying to be devils advocate nor am I saying for a second that if she said no then the guys had any right to continue. I just think there is a point at which it becomes impossible for the court to determine who is lying and who is not. In that situation the court must return an innocent verdict.
It does seem odd that the prosecutor (acting for the victim) seems to have made that decision before the trial started.
first heard on Glee (cough Single Ladies cough)
That was the song on the radio that made me change stations every time - until after I saw it on Glee.
Without wishing to suggest for a second that she could not say no at any time for any reason...
I suspect the issue for the court may have been that it was essentially her credibility that she said no at all versus the 5 men who presumably would have denied that she said no.
If she had proof that she said no (at any time) then it would have been (hopefully) easy to prove it was rape.
That said, surely she should have at least been given the chance to argue her case.
The judge and the prosecutor seem to have decided that a) she wasn't telling the truth and/or b) even if she was telling the truth (and therefore raped) there was no way the 5 men would have been caught out in court.
Next they'll be outing Ellen DeGeneres.
Well duh! Lesbians don't wear dresses so it was obvious she had to be gay.
I don't know what to think about this scene in Glee last week with the Deaf choir. Is it tokenistic?
Ok I'm going to reveal how simplistic I am. I loved the scene and cried both times I watched it. I appreciate that it's likely they are actors (as opposed to real people) and I did cringe when the Glee members joined in, which in real life I would think was horribly rude.
But for me, the scene worked, the combination of the actors (deaf or not) and the song, because it is one of the truly great songs, just worked.
Glee is not even remotely real life, the characters are caricatures and played for laughs and tears and I don't demand more of them. Sometimes they deliver more and that's a bonus for me.
I guess to answer the question I'd say I didn't "think" about it I just enjoyed it.
The slightly more upright riding posture has solved the back and neck problems
Yeah it seems weird but riding is one of those exercises that can really mess your back up if you do it wrong. Nobody ever talks about posture while cycling - because it's as easy as riding a bike - and as you get all warm and loose you can push your back into a really bad shape.
offender has a weapon.
Which leads to the question "what does the legal system define as a weapon?".
I know a crowbar counts from what Graeme has said
the maximum applicable sentence, to be served without parole, is the consequence.
And this is what has pissed me off about this whole debate. It is the idea that some ill-educated ill-informed politician is allowed to tell a knowledgeable experienced judge how to best do the job.
Why in any semblance of a sane universe do we let the dickheads who nothing about a particular case decide how best apply the law?
/insert sound of frustration followed by head banging on keyhw g gba-
So biology does influence gender?