Saturday, March 05, 2005

International Law Scholars, Help Me Out Here.

Pakistani justice is really something else. To punish her family, tribal elders sentenced this woman to be brutally gang raped in public. Over 150 people witnessed the assault and the rapists were neighbors of the victim. However, instead of committing suicide, the victim demanded prosecution and six attackers were sentenced to death.

Five of those men have just been freed. Their convictions were overturned for lack of evidence.

Lack of evidence. What would constitute sufficient evidence, I wonder? A videotape? If they had carved their names in her flesh? Or can only confessed rapists be convicted?

This is sick.

UPDATE: Philly justice isn't much better. A rapist just got house arrest and probation for drugging and repeatedly assaulting his college roommate's niece. Apparently being a medical researcher gives you a get out of jail free card.
McIntosh, 52, of Media, could have received a maximum of 11 years in prison. But Means said he factored in McIntosh's important work with stroke victims and brain injuries, and sentenced McIntosh to a year of house arrest and 12 years' probation.
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