UK's Cameron warns speculation over past child abuse threatening to become a witch hunt

  • Article by: DAVID STRINGER , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 8, 2012 - 9:27 AM
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swmnguyNov. 8, 12 1:13 PM

Child sex abuse, including child pornography, is a prosecutor's dream. There's no defense. Just being accused, or even having an investigation become known, ruins the life of any suspect. Even being acquitted, or having charges dropped due to lack of evidence (never mind admissable evidence) does little to restore someone's good name.

There are people in prison in the USA today who could not possibly have committed the crimes for which they were convicted. Indeed, some of the crimes of which they were accused could not have happened, given what we know about time, space, and how things happen in the physical world. Underground satanic temples in places where there are provably not underground satanic temples? Juries have convicted on such nonsense. And the prosecutors who have pushed some laugh-out-loud allegations are still gainfully employed, still pursuing political agendas, and have never had to face any consequences.

Sexual abuse of children is very real, and terrible. But our politically driven justice system has done a rotten job of dealing with the problem. Look at the Penn State case, and compare to the Mankato State case. Utter failure, with devastating results in both directions. It's even worse in Britain, where prosecutors have leaked suspects' names to media and political figures, who then ride public fury to power and prominence, whipping up near-lynchings of people not even charged, nor firmly suspected.

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