Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Judged by the media or the mob: will the IMF Director have a fair trial?

To be fair justice must be blind but balanced. The treatment given to Dominique Strauss-Kahn charged with the sexual assault of a hotel maid in New York seems to lack both.

Let me begin by stating that I dislike the man, not only for being a socialist, but also for his past behavior in relation to women. I am also inclined to believe that he is probably guilty of sexual harassment in relation to the maid in question. Whether he was set up by his political adversaries, a possibility given the rare speed with which the police intervened and the fact that the security of the French hotel where he was staying did not cover up the occurrence as it would normally do is not relevant for the point I want to make.

The point is that trying to make him an escape goat or symbol of an American tough justice system for Public figures is as absurd as was the decision to deny him bail.

The fact that an act of aggressive (violent?) sexual advances between a 62-year old man and a 32-year old woman can be treated as a crime without bail and punishable with as much as 20 years in jail is proof of how far the media and political correctness have gone to make a mockery of justice.

In a country where the violent killer of his wife (OJS) goes free due to media pressure, where same-sex relations are recognized by law, where one night-stand sex is common and the divorce rate is rampant the fact that ‘forced’ sex between older and younger people is treated as a crime comparable to murder reveals double standards.

So, the real issue here is how America ended up developing such an unbalanced notion of justice? Public figures should not be singled out for special treatment (punishment or escape) just because the media or the mob asks for that. That is the real meaning of justice.

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