So, if you haven’t heard already, a minor was gang-raped in a college house up in Alameda County. From Salon:
Another witness, April Grolle, said, “I saw that this young girl did not want to be in there, and that’s when we just went ‘We’re getting this girl out of there.'” They managed to break down the door and found the girl lying on the bed with “vomit dribbling down her face.” Chief Elk said, “We had to scoop vomit out of her mouth [and] lift her up. Her pants were completely off her body.” She continued, “She had her one shoe on, her jeans were wrapped around one of her ankles and her underwear was left around her ankles. To the left of the bed there was some condom thrown on the ground.” The women then dressed the alleged victim and drove her to a local hospital.
The vomit, as it turns out, wasn’t even hers.
But the D.A. doesn’t think there’s enough evidence to go to court, even though there were the three female witnesses who rescued the girl and who can describe the last man brutally fucking her. (The jocks, of course, aren’t talking.) At least the Sheriff thinks there’s been a crime…
Let me remind you that there’s a man on Death Row in San Quentin because of the “eye witness” testimony of one woman and another woman who says he confessed to her. They both later recanted their testimony. No DNA evidence. He remains on Death Row after appealing to the Supreme Court. (And I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve it. He does.)
This means we can send a man to his death based on eyewitness accounts, but we can’t punish a roomful of sadistic, evil young men to prison for rape. Because, you know, eye witness testimony is sooo unreliable.
Repeat after me: Our justice system is a joke. A big fat stupid joke told by dirty old men pissing against a tree in the park.