Jury de­ter­mines the vic­tim

Houston Chronicle - - CITY | STATE - Robert J. Fick­man, Hous­ton

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.

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