Get a lawyer and run

I’m always amazed when people claim that a person accused of a crime should be willing to stand trial because “If he is innocent then he has nothing to fear”. Nothing could be further from the truth. The prisons are full of innocent people. Many accused of murder have been exonerated based on DNA evidence. If someone can be found guilty of murder, imagine how easy it is for someone to be found guilty of a lesser crime. Many wondered why the parents of Jonbenet Ramsey hired lawyers right away… because they are sophisticated people and it is the right thing to do. Today a news commentator asked Julian Assange why he was fighting extradition to stand trial in another country. How about this for an answer: in a matter like this the government has nothing to lose and the accused has everything to lose and nothing to gain. The government should be forced to compensate people who are prosecuted and then found not guilty.

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