© Matt Bors
Even the French don’t believe her.
This feeling they seem to be having about how America has “lost the presumption of innocence in our legal system” is one I’ve had for a few years now….
The legal presumption of innocence remains, but the presumption has certainly disappeared in the media, especially given the impotence of gagging orders that are supposed to effect name suppression for the accused; just look at the trouble that ‘super injunctions’ in the UK have in dealing with Twitter.
Legal repercussions might be reserved until guilt has been proven, but the damage to reputation is done as soon as charges are laid, served by the media’s thirst for scandal and so increased copy.
What I find interesting about the French (media) response is that they have their panties in a bunch about the perp walk photos arguing that it will bias a jury. At the same time, they find no problem with publishing the name and other private details about the (alleged) victim. I’m not sure what to make of that, but it does comport with my experience with French intellectuals who have perfected the most incredible mental acrobatics to justify whatever they want to believe, even if two conclusions are ultimately contradictory.