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Itís Not About Kavanaugh: Itís About the Presumption of Innocence - Greenfield
FrontPageMag ^ | October 4, 2018 | Daniel Greenfield

Posted on 10/04/2018 10:57:29 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell

It’s Not About Kavanaugh: It’s About the Presumption of Innocence If a Supreme Court justice can’t be presumed innocent, what hope do the rest of us have? October 4, 2018 Daniel Greenfield

"There is no presumption of innocence," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, of Brett Kavanaugh.

Schumer was only echoing what other Democrats, including Senator Mazie Hirono, had been saying. Hirono had refused to concede that Kavanaugh had a presumption of innocence. Senator Chris Coons insisted that Kavanaugh "bears the burden of disproving these allegations."

Similar arguments have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, CNN and across the breadth of the Democrat media insisting that innocent until proven guilty does not apply to jobs and positions. Democrat figures have trotted out alternatives to the presumption of innocence.

Anita Hill insisted that the “burden of persuasion” is on Kavanaugh. Hirono invoked a “court of credibility.” But the court of credibility is just a lynch mob. The burden of persuasion means that you are guilty until proven innocent by a political court that answers to a lynch mob.

This isn’t just about Kavanaugh. It’s about the presumption of innocence.

Kavanaugh is the latest victim of a selective reversal of the presumption of innocence. Senator Democrats didn’t invent it. They’re only shamelessly weaponizing a lefty political movement that claims that accusers never lie, but only in the context of very specific sexual harassment and assault cases.

"You've got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she's talking about is real," Joe Biden insisted.

That’s not the standard in most criminal cases. It’s also not the standard in most sexual assault cases.

The left isn’t proposing that the presumption of innocence for Orlando Vilchez Lazo, an illegal alien Lyft driver accused of sexually assaulting four female passengers in San Francisco, should be suspended.

The majority of women who file sexual assault complaints with the police haven’t gained this unique new right to automatically be believed. When Hillary Clinton used every possible dirty trick to protect a rapist accused of beating a 13-year-old girl into a coma, the media defended the validity of her actions.

Why is Christine Blasey Ford automatically entitled to be believed, but not that 13-year-old girl?

Kavanaugh’s persecutors insist that the presumption of innocence exists only within the realm of criminal proceedings. But like the Kavanaugh hearings, campus kangaroo courts have introduced the reversal of the presumption of innocence into court-like settings that are capable of dispensing punishments, even if they are unable to impose prison sentences. Campus proceedings for students accused of sexual assault routinely assumed that the accused was guilty before they even began.

The left gained the power to convene tribunals to try the accused, and to deprive them of their rights, so long as these tribunals cannot actually send them to prison. The rise of these tribunals in workplaces, on campuses and on a less structured basis within the media and social media, corrodes social justice.

That very thing that the left has defined as its identity.

The left has created a code of social justice, fundamentally different than that of our actual justice system. It insists that within society, people actually have fewer rights than they do within a courtroom.

That’s what the defenses of suspending the presumption of innocence for Kavanaugh come down to.

Defendants in criminal cases should have fewer rights than ordinary people. Instead the left has flipped it around so that criminal defendants have more rights in a courtroom than average citizens do in daily life. The institutional tribunals created to try ordinary people under the presumption of guilt have created a private police state, enforced, backed and mandated by government regulations.

Government pressure on campuses and workplaces mandate that those who are accused of misbehavior in private life should be judged with the presumption of guilt. In this way, government is able to violate the presumption of innocence, a fundamental right, indirectly through third parties.

Kavanaugh’s opponents insist that the accused must show their entitlement to a position by proving their innocence. But the burden of proof must never and should never fall on the accused.

The idea that the presumption of innocence does not apply to loss of property, position, career, academic opportunity and wealth, but only to the loss of freedom, is also contrary to American values.

In Nelson v. Colorado, the Supreme Court recently ruled that requiring people to prove their innocence of criminal acts with "clear and convincing evidence" in civil proceedings in order to recover assets from the state contradicted the presumption of innocence.

The 7-1 decision was written by Justice Ginsburg. It was signed on to by Justice Kennedy, whom Kavanaugh will be replacing. Even in a civil case, the defendants “are entitled to be presumed innocent”, she wrote, and to have their property restored since they had not been convicted of anything.

Contrary to the claims of the media, the presumption of innocence was never meant to be exclusively limited to criminals. It’s not some sort of legal technicality, but the foundation of how we think about guilt and innocence. The legal theorists who originated the principle weren’t ACLU lawyers, but medieval theologians, and they based their notions of process on the actions of God in the text of the Bible.

Courts and men both were meant to imitate the virtues of their Creator. Justice was not merely a legal process, but a virtue that defined our moral codes, and instructed us how to treat others in daily life.

If the issue were just about Kavanaugh, we might look away from the sin of partisan political hypocrisy. And, as numerous cases, from Ted Kennedy to Keith Ellison, show, the left is reluctant to live by the same rules of sexual scrutiny that it seeks to impose on its political adversaries.

But the reversal of the presumption of innocence is a much wider problem and threat.

In Coffin v. United States, a classic Supreme Court case of the 19th century, the extensive precedent included a Roman exchange, "’Oh, illustrious Caesar! if it is sufficient to deny, what hereafter will become of the guilty?’ to which Julian replied, ‘If it suffices to accuse, what will become of the innocent?" That is the central problem of the Kavanaugh case and of so many others.

What becomes of the innocent?

Social justice presumes the guilt of certain people because of their politics, their positions, their races and their genders. It creates different rules for different classes of people with some entitled to an absolute presumption of innocence, even in the face of indisputable guilt, and others forced into an equally absolute presumption of guilt, even in the absence of any indisputable proof of their guilt.

America cannot operate under two systems of guilt and innocence, one public and one private. If the majority of Americans are to be judged by a system that presumes their guilt, that attitude will inevitably go on to permeate the courtroom. By eroding the presumption of innocence in public life, the left is eroding it as a legal right. Lynch mobs and kangaroo courts can’t be expected to stop at the courthouse door when they are celebrated and operate freely throughout the rest of the land.

Kavanaugh’s case is about more than the malicious exploitation of the #MeToo movement to destroy a political opponent. It’s the latest assault on the social presumption of innocence by shadowy forces whose ‘scoops’ dominate the media through cut-outs while their sources remain silently invisible.

If kangaroo courts and media lynch mobs succeed in overturning a Supreme Court appointment, they will have proven that their war on the presumption of innocence extends even to the highest court in the land. If a Supreme Court justice can’t be presumed innocent, what hope do the rest of us have?


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1 posted on 10/04/2018 10:57:29 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell
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2 posted on 10/04/2018 10:58:49 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (The denial of the authority of God is the central plank of the Progressive movement.)
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BTTT!


3 posted on 10/04/2018 11:02:09 AM PDT by OddLane
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To: Louis Foxwell

No, it’s about the attempt to maintain political power. All the rest is fluff masking the desparate struggle to prevent political obblivion.

Kavanaugh is but a skirmish in the battle.

Kavanaugh was an all out, commit the reserves counter attack. Not only has it failed but it is becoming apparent that sever losses are on the coming election horizon.


4 posted on 10/04/2018 11:02:25 AM PDT by bert ((KE. N.P. N.C. +12) Muller..... conspiracy to over throw the government)
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To: Louis Foxwell

This pretty much is my take on the whole thing. I’ve said since Ford came forward that this was no longer about Kavanaugh. It was about preserving our system. It’s really that simple. It wasn’t a “dems vs repubs” thing. It was radical left wingnut dems against everybody else.

And I think it will leave a mark in November.


5 posted on 10/04/2018 11:05:11 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: Louis Foxwell

I never thought I’d see the day when there were forces at work to destroy our freedoms from the inside out. I pray daily for America, the President and for other righteous, brave and patriotic office holders, that they will have the wisdom and the courage to do what needs to be done to save the Constitution.

The Boston Tea Party was just a start. The real wars are happening now, all across this land. We need honorable men and women to fight for our rights as never before.

Thanks for this thread. I appreciate all you are doing to save America.

‘Face


6 posted on 10/04/2018 11:07:06 AM PDT by Monkey Face (Common sense is not a gift. It's a punishment. You have to deal with everyone who doesn't have it.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

I do not believe Ford was ever assaulted let alone by Kavanaugh. I do think she is an overwrought activist nut who tried to stop his nomination by falsely accusing him anonymously but she did not count on the dems leaking her name
and having to go all in by testifying.The great thing about not being a politician is that you can say what you truly believe despite the sloganeering narratives of the MeToo movement. There are women who are truthful and women who have been assaulted. Ford is just not one of them.


7 posted on 10/04/2018 11:22:11 AM PDT by chuckee (extended beyond the time)
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To: Louis Foxwell
Defendants in criminal cases should have fewer rights than ordinary people.

I'm not sure where he's coming from with such a statement, but needless to say, I don't agree at all. Defendants in criminal cases should have the same rights as every other person. If they're adjudged guilty, then they may forfeit certain rights as legally appropriate.

8 posted on 10/04/2018 11:25:53 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham ("God is a spirit, and man His means of walking on the earth.")
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To: Louis Foxwell
It’s Not About Kavanaugh: It’s About the Presumption of Innocence - Greenfield

It's Not About Kavanaugh: IT'S ABOUT WHICH PARTY CONTROLS THE SUPREME COURT!

The presumption of guilt monstrosity is merely a TACTIC in the DemonRat war for control of the Supreme Court.

9 posted on 10/04/2018 11:28:26 AM PDT by CivilWarBrewing (Get off my back for my usage of CAPS, especially you snowflake males! MAN UP!)
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10 posted on 10/04/2018 11:31:33 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (Trump hates negative publicity, unless he generates it. -Corey Lewandowski)
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“Senator Chris Coons insisted that Kavanaugh “bears the burden of disproving these allegations.”...……….

Guess Coons has a different “Constitution” he goes by. He needs to read our version.


11 posted on 10/04/2018 11:34:35 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Louis Foxwell

It would be good if Linda Gramnesty and the other Rinos would get this passionate over illegals and building the wall.


12 posted on 10/04/2018 11:40:36 AM PDT by HighSierra5
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To: CivilWarBrewing
True in a limited sense. It is really about the racist regressive fascists regaining total power. Expect the same and worse in the future. Their brave new world is in the throes of a difficult birth.
13 posted on 10/04/2018 11:41:11 AM PDT by Badboo (Why it is important)
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To: Louis Foxwell
If a Supreme Court justice can’t be presumed innocent, what hope do the rest of us have?

Greenfield is always one of the first to 'get' what's really happening...

14 posted on 10/04/2018 11:45:07 AM PDT by GOPJ (If a Supreme Court justice can’t be presumed innocent, what hope do the rest of us have? -Greenfiel)
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To: DaveA37

A lot of people have a “different Constitution” than patriots do. That’s because they’ve probably never read the real one. More’s the pity.


15 posted on 10/04/2018 11:46:03 AM PDT by Monkey Face (Common sense is not a gift. It's a punishment. You have to deal with everyone who doesn't have it.)
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To: cuban leaf

And I think it will leave a mark in November.

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It will.

The Dems are very indecent, scary and dangerous, and people see it.


16 posted on 10/04/2018 11:51:21 AM PDT by laplata (The Left/Progressives have diseased minds.)
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To: Louis Foxwell; All
"By eroding the presumption of innocence in public life, the left is eroding it as a legal right. Lynch mobs and kangaroo courts can’t be expected to stop at the courthouse door when they are celebrated and operate freely throughout the rest of the land."

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Amen ......

17 posted on 10/04/2018 11:54:23 AM PDT by a little elbow grease (duct tape and cable ties hold more worth more than pussy hats and resistance)
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To: Monkey Face

There are those who took oath of office promising to defend our Constitution & when they do the opposite,I think there needs to be a way of quickly dismissing them from any public office.


18 posted on 10/04/2018 12:04:28 PM PDT by oldtech
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I agree 100%, and have said so many times.


19 posted on 10/04/2018 12:09:33 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Common sense is not a gift. It's a punishment. You have to deal with everyone who doesn't have it.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

20 posted on 10/04/2018 12:16:48 PM PDT by 4Liberty (Where are the Obama-Creamer audio tapes?/GM bondholders: America's SAfrica White farmers...)
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