Jury determines the victim
Regarding “District courts: Judges who aim to strictly call ‘balls’ and ‘strikes’ belong on the bench” (Page B8, Feb. 5), the Chronicle endorsed two prosecutors (one current and one former) for criminal court benches. Both candidates expressed their concern about “victims” waiting for justice. What “victims” are they talking about? It sounds like they are talking about complainants.
It’s for a jury to decide whether a complainant is a victim or not. Quite often the accused is the victim of a false allegation.
Judges are supposed to be neutral and detached and presume the accused innocent. Candidates who presume complainants to be victims and the accused to be guilty, perhaps should rethink their view before taking the bench.