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The fact that the prosecutor downgraded the charge may or may not be significant. It may mean that the prosecutor let the police tell her what the law was, or that they sold and she bought an exaggerated version of the evidence, which is in line with the general sense that the 'substitute prosecutor' was relatively inexperienced. But I don't see how the remaining allegations, which are the potentially significant thing going forward, are affected in any particular way at all by the overboard rape charge story.

Generally, prosecutors everywhere are at one with the police, but also don't like to be embarassed by judges and well-paid defense attorneys. It sounds like Sweden is nothing special in this regard.

But that doesn't detract from the point that Assange enjoys the presumption of innocence, and that witnesses enjoy the presumption of good faith.
. . . Particularly not for people relying on second-hand information.

We all should take note of the italicized passage and make sure we look into a mirror while doing so.

We also should try to find a way to try to keep as much focus as possible on the political priority, raising consciousness about the Afghanistan tragecy. Justice for Assange and his alleged victims is important, but still trivial relative to what is going on to Afghanistan.


by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Tue Aug 24th, 2010 at 05:48:08 PM EST
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