Guilty but Proven Innocent – Guest Post
July 6, 2009 by admncc
Here at The Constant Complainer, in addition to my posts, readers can submit Guest Posts on topics they’d like to complain about. Leo Nevoli submitted the below-Guest Post. And I think his topic is well timed. It is regarding the current media circus surrounding the death of Michael Jackson. I don’t know about you, but although I’m sad that he’s gone, I haven’t cared to see it being the top story on CNN (and every other top news show) for the last twelve days. So without further adieu, here’s Leo…
I don’t believe in kicking someone while they are down or when they are not around to defend themselves. Last month I was in a car accident, and the other driver was at fault. I had quickly called the police. While I was telling them the location of the accident, I could hear the female passenger in the other car telling the male driver that she hated him, he had almost killed her, she was breaking up with him, she never wanted to see him again and that she was calling her friend to come get her. After I called the police, I looked at the damage of the vehicles. His car had the airbags deploy and was totaled. Mine had significant damage, but was drivable. I am sure I could have started yelling at this kid for failing to stop, but I figured what was the point. He was about 20 years old, had just totaled his car (or his parent’s car), would have to deal with his parents, higher insurance and has a girl yelling at him saying their relationship was over. He did not need me yelling at him or calling him names. I did ask if they were OK, and he did say yes. I let the police handle the exchanging of information. Again, no sense kicking this kid while he was down, but today I am reminded of the old saying, “Innocent until Proven Guilty.”
There are some cases where people may believe that someone is guilty of something, and that person will not being punished for their crime, while others will believe that the person is innocent. Take O.J. Simpson for example. As you know, in 1995 he was found not guilty for the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman. Many people believe he killed them, but he was found innocent by the court. Then in 1997, a jury found him guilty for their wrongful deaths in a civil court.
This brings me to the next person that could be considered “innocent” since he was not convicted of a crime in court, Michael Jackson. Again, I don’t believe in kicking someone while they are down, or in this case, deceased. But sooner or later after his funeral, people will be stepping forward to kick him. As you know, Jackson was accused of being a child molester, and was taken to court over the allegations. He settled out of court with the family. He was not found guilty in the courts, but his actions appear that maybe he was. Paying someone to be quiet may very well be an admission of guilt, but until a few days ago it would have been Jackson pleading his innocence while the alleged victim had to remain quiet.
Yes, Michael Jackson was a good entertainer, and I hate to say it this way, but he did touch the lives of people. Was he found guilty of child molestation charges? No, but in my opinion he was guilty of something, otherwise he would not have paid the family to settle out of court. There are a few people that know the truth; and they will not be talking any time soon. There may be others stepping forward claiming that Michael did inappropriate things to them, but what is the point of them stepping forward now? The man is dead; he cannot defend himself against what people say about him. Even if he truly was innocent, someone is ready to state and make others feel he is guilty. You get that a lot in today’s world. People will say things about others when they are not around, I guess because it makes them feel like they are better then the person they are talking about. I feel that if you could not step up and make your accusation while a person was alive, you have no business is making a claim after they have died and cannot defend themselves. The media and public can feel free to kick Jackson while he is down; I myself am not going to bother. No sense in beating a dead horse. I’m Leo Nevoli, and that’s my ponderings.