July 2011

Perjury Should Be Punished – Always

by Diane Dimond on July 25, 2011

Crossed Fingers Don't Count in Court

Let’s talk about perjury – a person taking an oath to tell the truth and then lying through their teeth. Perjury is illegal and one can be both fined and thrown in jail for it.

I don’t know about you but my parents instilled in me a sense of honesty that makes me get the shakes at the mere thought of telling a lie after taking a sworn oath. I don’t think I could do it. I would be like that person on Law and Order who suddenly blurts out, “Okay…I told my boyfriend I’d like to see him dead! I’m sorry!” when I really had nothing to do with the murder in question.

I recently witnessed what I believed to be an act of perjury while covering the Casey Anthony murder case in Florida. The lie will go unpunished and that bothers me because it’s the justice system saying, in effect, “Okay, never mind, that oath you took really doesn’t matter.” [click to continue…]

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When Rapists Get a Pass

by Diane Dimond on July 18, 2011

Future President of France or Rapist?

The first order of business for a man accused of rape is to discredit the accuser. If he can paint her as promiscuous or having some sort of shady background the strength of her charges will diminish. This doesn’t, of course, mean the man is innocent but the more dirt that can be dug up on the woman the better his prospects are for acquittal.

This is the way it has always been and the way our legal system allows these types cases to proceed – smear the accuser and you might just get away with it.

Another ugly little secret about pending rape charges is that if the defense team can’t scare the woman away by telling her what they’ve discovered about her past, they then approach prosecutors. [click to continue…]

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Why We Dislike Lawyers

by Diane Dimond on July 4, 2011

The Old Joke About Lawyers

Question: What’s the difference between a lawyer and a shark? Answer: Nothing.

Okay, look, right off the bat I want to say: I work with a lot of lawyers and I count many of them as good friends. But we’ve all heard the old jokes and let’s face it; the public’s general perception of lawyer’s honesty and integrity is pretty rotten. The latest Harris poll on the subject puts attorneys way down at the bottom of the list with members of congress, car salesmen – and, yes, journalists.

But since lawyers are the crux of our justice system I think it is important that we take a closer look at the way some of them operate. Why is it so many of us curl our upper lip at the very mention of dealing with a lawyer? [click to continue…]

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