June 3, 2005 by AK
The right to defend ourselves (following up on the previous post)
The court ruled, following — oddly — the prosecutor’s line, that the cabbie was trying to force his passenger to perform oral sex on him. He must have thought he had succeeded when he felt the sting of her knife. What is mind-boggling is how the judge could conclude that a fairly weak stab — almost a prick — in the guy’s fleshy thigh, which no reasonable person could expect to be fatal — how that stab was consistent with any intent to kill. For “murder in the state of nervous agitation” implies intent to take one’s life.
I have my own suspicions about who paid whom and how much but I’d rather keep them to myself. Note that the prosecutor and the judge are women; most of the real victim’s defenders are men. Let us now look and see whether this case is somehow connected to the Khodorkovsky trial.
Of course it is. Had Khodorkovsky been tried by jury, through truly adversary proceedings, with the government employing the most qualified lawyers to prosecute, with extensive professional media coverage (court reporters, not a bunch of dilettantes), he could have been convicted just as well, but that would be a “fair and square” conviction. An open and fair trial of that importance would have helped defendants get fairer treatment across the board. It is difficult to imagine a jury that would unanimously convict Alexandra Ivannikova — perhaps one consisting of menopausal old shrews or crazy Armenian nationalists.
Now on to those who are supposed to help abused women: the human rights industry — shall we say cottage industry. Those people, much as I respect some of them, keep convincing me they are only ready to defend the Other. They never seem to care about members of the collective “Us.” Moreover, whenever they rush to defend someone, they make people suspect there’s something alien about the new object of their compassion.
No wonder then that I haven’t yet heard them on this matter. An ordinary, non-minority, non-politically-affiliated married woman is involved. They are just not interested, and that’s why they will always lose out.
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