Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Wicked Web Indeed

So a few weeks ago there was the Cassandra Ann Kennedy, who when she was a child, said that she was raped by her father. Said father ended up getting convicted and sentence to 15 years in prison. Now that has served about 10 of that she has come forward and said she made it up.

The most interesting part? County Prosecutor Sue Baur has said that she will not be pursuing charges against Kennedy. Why?:
...partly because prosecutors do not want to discourage people in similar circumstances from coming forward
Okay I'll admit that I blew my top when I read that and even misread it as saying the usual "it would discourage actual rape victims from coming forward". From there I kind of lost it going on about how this logic is almost never applied to any other crime. But after I cooled off I saw what she was really saying.

She is saying that they don't want to prosecute partly because they don't want other false accusers from coming forward to admit they lied.

I'm going to go straight to the point here.

This basically means that they are not going to (at least try) to punish a person that committed a crime under the premise that if they do so others like them will no admit the truth. I'm sure you can see the problem here right?

A false accuser makes their accusation and gets someone sent to prison. By not prosecuting them the false accuser is basically free to dangle the life of that innocent person over the prosecutor's head in order to escape justice.

Not cool at all.

Have we really gotten to the point where not only can a person be sent to prison over a false rape accusation and have their life wrecked but if the false accuser does come forward they can use the life of that innocently convicted person as a bargaining chip in order get out of being punished?