Friday, June 18, 2010

What does it mean when the jury comes back with a "not guilty" verdict in just one hour -- after a week-long rape trial?

Here is the story:

Read the story. The man, who was named (of course) spent 12 months in custody awaiting trial, which included 22 hours a day in lock-down, for an alleged rape that supposedly occurred in broad daylight.  The trial on three different criminal charges lasted a week, but the jury was back in just an hour. 

I suspect the jury was sending a message.  Instead of reviewing evidence admitted throughout the week, the speed with which this jury returned clearly signaled one thing: "bullshit."

Bottom line: the system kept a man locked up, and in lock-down, for a full year -- on a bullshit claim. Try to imagine all the things you would have missed over the past year if you had your life taken away from you as this man did.  As many men do.  And if you are a male, it could easily happen to you, too.

Absolutely disgraceful.