“A penis is a terrible thing.”
Those words were spoken to me in the 1990s by a former fellow cop, in the wake of some sexual harasment or sexual assault report that was then under investigation. I was a detective at the time. I can’t recall what the accusation was or who was under investigation. But I do remember the words of wisdom.
Following my retirement from twenty years in Colorado law enforcement, I spent nearly two years as an investigator with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office. I did criminal investigations and assisted with prosecutions from both sides of the Courtroom. They included a number of sexual assault accusations, three of which I can specifically remember eventually came to jury trials. Some of the charges were dismissed prior to trial, when powerful exculpatory evidence turned up. I vivdly recall three indigent Public Defender’s Office clients who sat in jail for months on end, awaiting their days in Court. Each was falsely accused of forcible rape. Their freedom was eventually restored to them, because the hard evidence I discovered proved they just didn’t do the crimes. Nevertheless, the lingering aura of a sex complaint accusation never goes away.
So, I’m fascinated with what’s happening to Herman Cain. Thanks to Drudge, you can catch up on the latest news reports on the following links:
One Works For Federal Government; One Works in Politics…
What fascinates me is that we have no depositions, facts or specific allegations on which to render judgement. The frenzy of media feeding becomes more savage every day, without a shred of hard evidence, without a transcription of a victim’s sworn statement given to anyone, without anything other than a pile of excrement formed by the words sex, harassment, aggressive, unwelcome behavior, and three victims. The steaming excrement has been picked up by American journalists everywhere, by facebook participants and by television news anchors – and mercilessly thrown onto Herman Cain’s person.
Hold on here, for just a moment. I still think like an investigator. If you make an accusation, show me the evidence before you ask me to form a conclusion. What’s going on now is a terrible pre-judgement, before the facts are in our hands.
So, I’ll ask you a question:
If you stood accused of a sexual harassment complaint that was to be tried in a Court of Law, would you want any of the reporters who wrote the above-linked “reports” sitting on your jury?