To virtually nobody’s surprise, ex-CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi was recently found not guilty of a variety of charges ranging from sexual assault to overcoming resistance by choking.
Predictably, the usual suspects were outraged, claiming this verdict is yet more evidence that the justice system is “broken.” But is it?
The justice system is fuelled by evidence and frankly, the three witnesses for the crown did such a disservice in their testimony and their collusion that it’s actually a minor miracle the Ghomeshi case ever made it to trial in the first place.
Should Justice Horkins have overlooked the dozen or so glaring inconsistencies in the witnesses’ testimony? Was he supposed to overlook what he deemed to be deliberate lies uttered by the women who made the claims? The Crown relied solely on testimony that was old and not very credible.
Feminists claim the Ghomeshi verdict is more evidence that the justice system doesn’t function properly when it comes to sexual assault. They say the self-damning testimony from DeCouture should’ve been ignored; ditto for the self-damning testimony from Witness #1 who sent Ghomeshi a photo of herself posing in a bikini after her alleged assault.
But, do feminists really want the bar lowered for sexual assault considering that whole “rape culture” thing?
The presumption of innocence is not a favour to the accused or an act of charity by the judge. Rather, innocent until proven guilty is the very bedrock foundation of every western legal system to ensure we don’t wrongly convict innocent people.
As feminists clamour for a different standard of justice for certain crimes, they should be very careful what they wish for.
After all, there have been cases in some European countries where certain migrants have been hauled into court accused of everything from rape to honour killings only to have the sentence watered down because of “cultural sensitivity.”
Do feminists really want a sliding scale of justice based on political correctness?
Feminists shouldn’t be condemning Justice Horkins or the justice system. Instead, they should focus their wrath on the three alleged victims. Thanks to their behaviour, they’re ultimately the ones who did all alleged victims a gross disservice.