Should Roman Polanski be Jailed?
My instinctual feeling is that Roman Polanski should be in jail but it is now more complicated question. I have some intriguing questions/comments.
What is justice? Is justice to jail a person when the victim feels vindicated? Is justice being overzealous if it jails a person when a victim decides that no punishment or a punishment is no longer necessary and we the people pursue justice anyway? Is the latter like a court giving an order of protection even when the alleged victim states that she was lying or exaggerating? Is it justice to jail a person when civilly the victim settled satisfactorily for a six figure amount and no longer feels that the assailant needs to be jailed?
I think these questions throw a monkey wrench into the mix that complicate the matter exponentially. Yes Samantha Geimer was under age at the time but now she wants the charges dismissed. Should we peruse a criminal court case and is it justice when the now 44 year old woman desires the case dismissed because she now feel victim a t the hands of the DA and feels that her children and husband need not have to experience all that will follow?
Geimer states “My views as a victim, my feelings as a victim, or my desires as a victim were never considered or even inquired into by the district attorney prior to the filing,” she said. “It is clear to me that because the district attorney’s office has been accused of wrongdoing, it has recited the lurid details of the case to distract attention from the wrongful conduct of the district attorney’s office as well as the judge who was then assigned to the case.” (1)
“I have survived, indeed prevailed, against whatever harm Mr. Polanski may have caused me as a child,” she said, adding she now believes Polanski fled “because the judicial system did not work.” (2)
She said her views have been well known since 1995 when she wrote a letter to then-District Attorney Gil Garcetti suggesting the case be dismissed. She said she raised it again in 1997 when the case was brought to Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler. (3)
There is now more to this case than meets the eye, and the victims wishes should be taken into consideration. The heck with Polanski, our system is supposed to be for and about the victim, not the criminal.
Is justice being overzealous if it jails a person when a victim decides that no punishment or a punishment is no longer necessary and we the people pursue justice anyway?
In light of this evidence I am more likely to believe that the charges should be dismissed and less likely to believe that there should be a criminal court case.
(1), (2), (3), MSNBC
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