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Re: Bob Shell Was A 'Marked' Man?

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2007 09:43:25 -0500
Archived: Mon, 10 Sep 2007 17:20:06 -0400
Subject: Re: Bob Shell Was A 'Marked' Man?

>From: Alfred Lehmberg <alienview.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2007 07:28:25 -0500
>Subject: Re: Bob Shell Was A 'Marked' Man?

>>From: Richard Hall <hallrichard99.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Sun, 09 Sep 2007 13:10:20 +0000
>>Subject: Re: Bob Shell Was A 'Marked' Man?

>>>From: William Sawers <ufsyntax.nul>
>>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>>>Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2007 14:48:20 +1000
>>>Subject: Re: Bob Shell Was A 'Marked' Man?

>>>>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>>>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>>>Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2007 16:51:24 -0500
>>>>Subject: Re: Bob Shell Was A 'Marked' Man?

>>>>>From: Greg Boone <Evolbaby.nul>
>>>>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>>>>Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2007 10:53:41 EDT
>>>>>Subject: Re: Bob Shell Was A 'Marked' Man?

>Regretfully though, there seems to be, well, _everywhere_...
>such a fecund propensity for same, eh? It's _difficult_ not to
>see it, too, Sir.

>The facts of the Shell case are that his guilt should not be
>reflexively _presumed_, perhaps?

"Presumed," yes, though hardly "reflexively."

The way our legal system works, Alfred, is that persons are
presumed innocent until proved guilty. "Proved guilty" happens
after a jury reaches that conclusion, based on the evidence
presented at trial. The jury did indeed reach that decision.
Therefore, it is now up to Shell's defenders to prove him
innocent. That's the way it works. And if you want to charge
that the jurors were part of the conspiracy (whose very
existence is yet undocumented, simply declared), prove it.

So far all I've seen are the usual woolly-headed - and, frankly,
tediously predictable - conspiratorial ruminations. We all know
of instances of prosecutorial misconduct, and we also know that
juries can be mistaken. Those determinations, however, are made
with the demonstration of actual evidence, of which we have seen
none so far.

I can certainly understand why Shell's friends are distressed
about the way things turned out, but reality is often unhappy.
If, on the other hand, the reality is that Shell is innocent,
his supporters have an obligation to do the hard work of proving
it to the legal system - as opposed, say, to the lazy option of
railing at Updates doubters, who are entirely irrelevant to the
legal case.

Jerry Clark

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