Quote from LadyLuck
That being said, you keep proclaiming that there is a double standard between the complainant and the defendant. But according to Tiax this is not so - the complainant must also demonstrate that the needs of their case outweigh the harm caused by the evidence they ask to introduce. Can you provide a citation of a recent (last 10 years preferably) law, or a case, that clearly demonstrates otherwise?
Off the top of my head as a man, I would consider this to be a good high point about "guilty until proven innocent"
Duke Lacrosse Case
Granted, the woman involved was extremely troubled, but if you look at any of the old communications that were done during the investigation it was set up as black woman versus privileged white man. You had people like Rev. Al Sharpton try to help her with a scholarship and the like. However, one of the young men was pumping gas with a video and cell phone records. It was unbelievable how much of a canard the whole situation was.
I am especially angry at prosecutors like Nifong who make a mockery of the justice system, and this is why I find that rape shield should be extended to the accused until proven guilty of the crime. So instead of a provincial case, we see a much larger media frenzy descended upon young white men who are privileged and very hard working to get a good job and a good life going for themselves and instead interrupted by a strange woman and a nefarious prosecutor turned persecutor.
Allowing the rationality and evidence to go through without the media for a proper investigation before even going to court suffices to make the justice system work. A cooling down period, the use of gag rules has occurred in some trials in other contexts. A gag rule on police and investigators during a rape case without any leaks or few if any are fair.
If they have a strong case, and they go to trial, then reveal everyone's name including the victim and the accused. If they do not go to trial, then the public records are sat down in a court house and let go to drift.