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Published on: July 5, 2011 02:36 PM
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AP File - Doing the perp walk, Dominique Strauss-Kahn (2nd R), head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), departs a New York Police Department precinct in New York late May 15, 2011.AP File - Doing the perp walk, Dominique Strauss-Kahn (2nd R), head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), departs a New York Police Department precinct in New York late May 15, 2011.

New York, NY - Mayor Bloomberg did a flip-flop today in the direction of French critics who’ve denounced the NYPD’s “perp walk” of Dominique Strauss-Kahn by calling such public displays “outrageous” and a “circus.”

“We’ve done perp walks for the benefit of newspapers and television for a long time,” said the mayor.

“I’ve always thought the perp walks were outrageous. That’s only my view. Nobody’s asked me and I have no say in it. Whatever.
“It does if somebody is innocent—and even if they’re guilty they’re not guilty until they’re convicted—and yet we villify them for the benefit of theater, for the circus. You know they did it in Roman times, too. This is nothing new.”

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The mayor remarks, made when he was asked about the Strauss-Kahn case at a Brooklyn press conference, were strikingly different than what he said a couple of months ago when French public officials questioned why Strauss-Kahn had to walk through a gauntlet of cameras with his hands cuffed leaving a police sation.

“You know, if you don’t want to do the perp walk, don’t do the crime,” Bloomberg said May 17.

“I don’t have a lot of sympathy for that. Our judicial system works when the public can see the alleged perpetrators.”
Perhaps it was a premonition, but the mayor also cautioned:

“The really sad thing is if somebody is accused, does the perp walk and turns out not to have been guilty. And then society really should look in the mirror and say, ‘You know, we’d better be more careful next time.’”


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 Jul 05, 2011 at 02:42 PM CommonSense Says:

Finally...a voice of reason in our insane bloodlust society.

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 Jul 05, 2011 at 02:45 PM seagul47 Says:

Perp walks are similar to "motzi shem ra"--first you spread the news (on page 1, big headlines) and then when the person is found "not guilty" or even worse, the case is dropped--it's on page 5 in small print.

All that people remember is that he was accused. In people's minds, "if you're accused, you must be guilty."

then what. reputations are ruined. even if he has money (or in his case, his wife's).

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 Jul 05, 2011 at 02:58 PM Observation Says:

There is no such a thing as being more careful next time. There will always be the guilty and the innocent; but when the same befalls both of them, then we as a society are corrupt. I think that they should pass legislation that until someone is found guilty their picture cannot be published. It's easy to talk; but let's see Mr. Mayor, that we do something about it; and not have a Roman circus and gladiators next time.

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 Jul 05, 2011 at 03:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Bloomberg a pathetic looser. He has no true beliefs or core values. He will say and do anything as long as the political wind is blowing in that direction. He pronounced Strauss-Kahn guilty before a trial, now flip flops because it looks like he"ll be released.

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 Jul 05, 2011 at 03:22 PM Anonymous Says:

This is just another glaring example of Edom's 'justice' system, in which appointment to the judiciary is political, judges chose their cases, and are able to do all manner of backroom deals without accountability. Does not the Rambam rule that one is obligated to go live in a country that has a fair justice system? The USA does not meet that criterion.

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 Jul 05, 2011 at 04:18 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

This is just another glaring example of Edom's 'justice' system, in which appointment to the judiciary is political, judges chose their cases, and are able to do all manner of backroom deals without accountability. Does not the Rambam rule that one is obligated to go live in a country that has a fair justice system? The USA does not meet that criterion.

I hate to break it you, but the bes din system we currently have is just as prone to corruption as the USA justice. Bottom line: If you are rich, you can buy more equal justice than a poor person...

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 Jul 05, 2011 at 04:51 PM Observation Says:

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Anonymous Says:

I hate to break it you, but the bes din system we currently have is just as prone to corruption as the USA justice. Bottom line: If you are rich, you can buy more equal justice than a poor person...

There is no beis din system, only independent botei dinim who operate like arbitrators and only on monetary issues. They cannot mete out justice. There are better ones and worse ones but the gemora already says in Sanhedrin 32b: holach achar beis din yofah; go to the best beis din you can. What he is probably trying to say is that if even in these United States we cannot expect fair justice, then where can we?

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 Jul 05, 2011 at 07:55 PM Anonymous Says:

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Observation Says:

There is no beis din system, only independent botei dinim who operate like arbitrators and only on monetary issues. They cannot mete out justice. There are better ones and worse ones but the gemora already says in Sanhedrin 32b: holach achar beis din yofah; go to the best beis din you can. What he is probably trying to say is that if even in these United States we cannot expect fair justice, then where can we?

There is no fairness in the best bes din as well. As I said before, if you're rich, you can afford to get the best advocacy money can buy wether in secular court or the best bes din. If there was truly equal justice, then wether rich or poor, avocates shuold be assigned on a blind basis under court supervision and not allow litigants to choose or who can afford the best lawyers. But of course, this is never going to happen since lawyer-politicians control the whole system.

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 Jul 05, 2011 at 11:01 PM Anonymous Says:

No, it sounds like you currently like the system the way it is. M

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 Jul 06, 2011 at 05:55 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

I hate to break it you, but the bes din system we currently have is just as prone to corruption as the USA justice. Bottom line: If you are rich, you can buy more equal justice than a poor person...

Been there, done that..went up against wealthy people at a bet din and they pulled every string they could to get off of coming to court. The system is supposed to allow three strikes and you're out on default for not showing up...didn't happen. Lost any faith I may have had in the Jewish system of justice. Money talks!

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 Jul 06, 2011 at 06:38 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Been there, done that..went up against wealthy people at a bet din and they pulled every string they could to get off of coming to court. The system is supposed to allow three strikes and you're out on default for not showing up...didn't happen. Lost any faith I may have had in the Jewish system of justice. Money talks!

Like almost everything else in life, money talks and everything else walks...

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