pugsville wrote:Facts are not subject to opinion polls.
Why are conservatives so unwilling to accept anything approaching objective reality?
I think you're being very out of touch with reality.
Maybe I should ask, what exactly do you mean by "facts" and "objective reality"?
Because very often those do not really exist in criminal prosecutions.
"Facts" may not be subject to opinion polls, the interpretation of those facts are. Fact: The woman says this man violated her.
Or maybe you make the assumption that they somehow "know" whether or not the man committed the criminal act, as an objective fact?
That would be extremely ignorant and naive.
Unless there was a video camera or a big group of witnesses, most convictions happen without "objective" certain knowledge that the accused committed the crime.
Maybe that is just a very psychologically unsettling fact and you don't want to believe it. You don't believe things "should" operate that way, and you can't believe they do operate that way.
Here's a simple argument that can be made. Consider this: There wouldn't be people later proven to be innocent and released from prison if that was not the way it worked.
Do you consider the woman's testimony "objective knowledge"?
Do you consider her testimony "objective knowledge" that she was raped? (I think the obvious answer to that one is no)
Are you saying that you don't believe it is possible for any man to ever be convicted based only on one person's testimony?
I can't tell for sure exactly what you are saying, but it seems you haven't really thought your position through.