Thursday, 7 February 2019

On Mercedes Carrera...

So. It has come to my attention that an erstwhile prominent figure in the #gamergate controversy who I met once in person, and who was a guest on Honey Badger Radio a couple of times back in 2015, has been charged, along with her boyfriend, with sexually abusing a child under the age of ten.

I wholeheartedly despise and condemn the sexual abuse of children, no matter the gender of the child and no matter the gender of the perpetrator(s).

If these allegations prove to have veracity, I will wholeheartedly condemn Ms. Carrera for an act that is always a sickening violation of the trust and innocence of a child by an adult who should never cross that line.

I am revolted by these allegations.

But that is exactly what they are at this point. Allegations. And as always, I will reserve judgment until a fair and just process determines that they are more than allegations. I did this with Brett Kavanaugh. I did this with Jian Ghomeshi. I did this with the Muslim men accused of an organized mass rape attack in Cologne.

I will do the same for Mercedes Carrera.

If she did what she's accused of doing, she deserves what's coming to her. But at this point, there is no way for me to know.

The allegations are salacious, revolting and should elicit revulsion in anyone who thinks about them. But we do not yet know if they're true.

Presumption of innocence applies here, just as it applies to Kavanaugh, Ghomeshi and every other person accused of a horrific act. I will watch this case with interest, and reserve judgment until the facts come out.


15 comments:

  1. One of the core problems of justice is that presumption of guilt seems to be directly proportional to the amount of moral disgust elicited by the crime. The angrier we are, the less care we take with making sure that the target deserves it.

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    1. Yes! And the angrier we are the more pressure is on the prosecution(the state) to secure a conviction regardless of the facts.

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    2. That's a double edged sword, though. In the heat of the moment, yes, that moral disgust makes us want to act and mete out punishment. But in the cool of the judicial process, it can actually have the opposite effect. If the penalty is a shoplifting conviction and community service, jurors are more likely to convict on the same level of doubt that would have them acquit someone of something that would get them 20 years and a lifetime on a registry.

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    3. The hard part is that even though the cool judicial process is less likely to convict someone of a heinous crime without sufficient proof, there is still this awful assumption that anyone who's been accused is guilty.

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  2. I have noticed some news outlets staining Gamergate by association with Mercedes.

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  3. Yep, too many people died to get the Presumption of Innocence ensconced in law.

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  5. This reaction is typical of people like you. Why should we give someone with no prior history the benefit of the doubt? Who needs more information when we already have an allegation?

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