A lesser sentence maintains the present problem, which is the fear of being charged overriding the guilt. The reason they grant immunity is that the courts recognize that at times it is better to ignore certain crimes in order to aid the greater good.
Now please, stop dodging the question, because I've asked it repeatedly: why do the other men who were falsely accused not matter to you, when compared to vengeance? You have spent this entire time only arguing one side of the story, and subjectively ignoring the other.
“…the whole trouble lies here. In words, words. Each one of us has within him a whole world of things, each man of us his own special world. And how can we ever come to an understanding if I put in the words I utter the sense and value of things as I see them; while you who listen to me must inevitably translate them according to the conception of things each one of you has within himself. We think we understand each other, but we never really do.”
XKCD is always relevant. Always.
In most cases, false reports do not name a suspect and the victims recant within days. As long as society and the police do not jump to wild conclusions about all rape victims being liars so that victims fear retribution, we can BOTH increase reporting rates and punish false reports.
she just ruined his life for 9 years on a lie, I say ruin her life for 9 years!
that and make sure he's off the sex offender registry.
If you were actually raped, this shouldn't discourage anything!
I do get the point of why not to punish her. If she gets punished literally no woman will come forward to admit they lied and innocent men could spend more time in jail. I think women that get caught lying about it should be punished, and quite severely, but if you come forward and get an innocent man released from prison I can understand why you dont get punished. I do believe whoever sentenced him should be either fired for extreme incompetence and then the state pay reperations for the prison time as well as getting his name of the list instantly without him having to piss around with a stupid system.
[08:44:11] Kurioxan: as long they get big im alright with that
Should we avoid punishment of the real criminal because they came forward?
Yes, current innocent prisoners are important to me. What's more important is making it abundantly clear that we don't tolerate perjury so it doesn't happen in the future.
I don't think that girl deserves the title of daughter, to be honest, and that's the only real punishment necessary.
I would, however, prefer that the wrongly accused was given the means to rebuild their life.
If she had killed her father with a hand grenade at the age of 11 would you be blaming her, or would you want to know why the !#$# someone trusted an 11 year old with a hand grenade ?
If she had been her current age when she lied, I'd be all for punishing her, but the legal system that convicted her father knew full well how unreliable her testimony was at the time, but threw her father away anyways.
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Sometimes false allegations of rape affect more than the accused, and thats why its incumbent on the prosecutors to get it right.