I stand by my statement earlier.
That it would hurt the victims.
Now, let me talk about the accused.
If in every trial,
The accused were to have their victims present,
It would be far less likely for justice to be executed.
Everyone takes every affront personally.
Every bad thing done to us
Is a crime much worse
That it possibly is.
This is why justice needs administered
Without the bias.
If someone is truly hurt
They will pursue their rights
I’m afraid that there is a reason this needs to be addressed
Is that many of us don’t consider ever getting in trouble
Until it actually happens.
Perhaps we had a bag of Cocaine
Perhaps we were driving too fast
And caused a fatal or harmful accident;
Perhaps we were falsely accused
Or were rightly guilty of a crime
Much less severe than society deems it.
We need a fair court proceeding
In the part of both victims and the accused.
The truth is;—and here is the truth;—
We need mercy.
Dostoevsky, as noted to me by a friend
Saw that a man committed a theft
And the preacher set him free.
It set that man on a course for becoming a good man
And rather than throw him in prison
The man was forgiven.
Regardless, there are dangerous people
Who need to be put in prison.
There are dangerous criminals who need to be off the streets.
But, the courts need to be unbiased in finding this out.
This is why we’re afforded rights in the constitution
Because innocence is to be assumed before guilt.
And not everyone who claims to be a victim actually is.
This is very controversial.
But… I don’t say it without understanding
The damaging effects such a law would present.
First for the victim
Because it would inure the courts to their pleas.
Second to the accused
Because it would ultimately turn the courts into a drama
It never meant to be.
Please understand I see this from both perspectives.
They seem to be contradictory
But certainly, both of these would effectively
Work in tandem
And the one thing that wouldn’t occur is justice.