2010年8月27日金曜日

innocent until.....

Thankfully I have never had the opportunity to experience the Japanese legal system but I hear they are pretty keen on getting convictions.

It always interests me then that the tv news is so careful to uphold the innocent until proven guilty thing.

Even to the point of eyerolling ridiculousness. An example? Why sure. From tonight's news:

(My translation and summarisation so don't quote me but...)
The investigation into the case of the man found cut up and being disposed of by two men last January is continuing. The two men have been charged with illegal disposal of a dead body and doing nasty things to a corpse. Police are investigating whether they are linked to the death of the man.

Need more proof that the tv stations are on your side? How about this story:

A man walked into a South Ina Post Office with a knife-like bladed object (nice libel avoidance there when it turns out it was a cut throat razor or cleaver or ??), held it to the neck of a customer and demanded money from the teller. After getting 600,000 yen he ran out and drove off in a different customer's car. Police are investigating the possibility it was a burglary. Yup. That's what years at police academy will teach you, huh?

So, if you ever find yourself on the wrong side of the law beg for trial by tv!

1 件のコメント:

Rachel さんのコメント...

At least they acknowledge the crime took place. I hate it when English news shows talk about the 'alleged crime'. Hey, guys, the crime took place, it's only the the criminal who is 'alleged' at the moment!

For a country that throw almost everyone who gets arrested into jail I also find it amusing what lengths the police go to, to cover their faces.

And have you noticed how they always fuzz out the hand-cuffs too? What's with that? Protecting viewers' sensitivity?