September 11, 2014

Alibis are Small Things That Guarantee Various Results

Category: Opinions — Tags: , , , , – admin @ 4:04 am

Once, I have attended a public court hearing. The case revolved around rape where a 21-year-old woman was forced to have intercourse by a middle-aged male. Both lawyers collected facts with cross-examination and presentation of evidence. It seemed the suspect was winning, the evidence was on his side, as well as an alibi.

His alibi was that the girl was drunk and had forced herself on him. Evidence showed that a woman’s strength created the tears in her dress found in the crime scene. This alibi will prove to free the suspect, who might or might not actually be a culprit in the case.

Alibis are actually the reasons why the legal system in every country, even in the greatly-efficient legal industry of the United Kingdom. A suspect with an alibi has a walk-away-free guarantee simply because the evidence points the other way. Meanwhile, the alibi, supported with possible evidence tampering, could create loopholes in the law.

Most rich and elite people get away with these crimes by having smaller individuals tamper with evidence. Most of these people are the ones who should be serving the law. Attracted to the money involved in performing such a menial task, they are more than willing.

This is why some powerful people in different countries want people to drown in a dwindling economy; it limits the capabilities of adversaries, and keeps them in power. It allows them to manipulate people through wealth, and all it takes to be free is a single, justifiable alibi.

March 26, 2013

Social Media and The Legal System: Why It Can Take Some Time

Category: Internet — Tags: , , , , – admin @ 11:41 am

A future where the government filters all media produced and published by people in the Internet is something undesirable and totalitarian, I will have to agree, but for today, it seems like the only way that the law could have its long hands extend to the speed of data-production in the Interent today.

Today, the 74 million people using the Internet could produce an average of more than 60TB of information globally on a daily basis. Along with business and corporate information, data from social media websites, shared computers, music and video hosting websites and other servers get transferred to different places at different times.

Social media became a home for individualists and people who have different viewpoints about their lives. It enabled many alienated users to find people who think similarly to their perspective. However, it also became an avenue for offensive activity. The UK’s public prosecutors are actually hard at work ensuring that cyberbullying and other forms of offensive and malicious acts in the Internet are met with justice.

However, with a sluggish system and the Internet’s capability to blur the lines of expression and threat, the legal system has no time to catch up. However, like pagers and cell phone text messages, all information sent should be private not unless a search warrant is presented. Every citizen, including myself, will find it offensive to have authorities know my every statement, and I get charged for what I said in the process.

But still, it would take some time before the proper laws are set in place. For now, everyone must bear or must get used to seeing offensive posts and who knows, people might get used to the freedom of expression that the Internet itself is self-regulating as most users claim it to be.

December 28, 2012

Proposal of a Twitter Squad: Advisable?

In the recent news, I saw an article about authorities proposing a “Twitter Squad” to monitor regular updates from different users from different locations but because it would be a wrong investment of time and money, authorities are calling off the proposal. I applaud the authorities for respecting the right of people to discuss things, issues and aspects in any way they please, whether offensive, obscene or disturbing. However, in light of recent issues, especially with the Leveson inquiries on hand, is it advisable to have a Social Media Task Force?

Today’s rating show that there had been 780% growth of offences committed on social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter this year compared to 556 tallied on 2008 when both social network began their operations. The growth of offences is staggering and many complaints have been filed on all sides. But if without proper laws on online harassment and offences, were all victims properly given justice?

However, Prime Minister David Cameron strives to ensure that no law would bring down the power of freedom of expression. Authorities are actually looking for a way to focus more on “real” crimes through social media. These includes threatening and harassing activities on the Internet, stalking, identity theft, hacking and other details that could endanger the lives and privacy of citizens using the services.

But the question remains: What is the clear viewpoint of an “online” offence? If anybody can do or commit the alleged crime, would it be a justifiable case of expression control? Is proposing a “Twitter Squad”, who only focuses on “real” cases still justifiable?

In my opinion, it actually is. However, it is important that they clear up the facts of online offences first.

December 20, 2012

CPS Move Crowd Pleasing, But Will It Be Effective?

I was following the United Kingdom’s current issue regarding the re-evaluation of publication and news regulations after Rupert Murdoch’s tabloids and entire media-empire was swamped with unethical journalistic behaviour resulting to false facts and infringement of privacy. The issue became big in the United Kingdom as journalists saw the threat to the freedom of expression in the country. However, Prime Minister David Cameron promised to ensure the freedom of expression while giving victims of mistaken implications due rights to claim justice.

UK’s Crown Prosecution Services announced that it would be enforcing new guidelines that ensure that the freedom of expression and speech would be honored and given a high tolerance for offensive or scandalous remarks. Their move made users of social media, virtually everyone in the UK’s population, breathe more easily. They felt threatened by the new laws, including having someone questioned and potentially suspected for any offensive or honest remark that seems offensive that led to dangerous influence.

The CPS states that based on current UK laws, no person will be questioned or suspected for posting offensive, shocking, disturbing and generally unfavorable remarks and expressions. However, if there is any sign of harassment, blackmail, potential danger to person and property and anything that leads to a suicide or death due to an insult, they will have the person sanctioned.

In reality, this move is quite good. Victims now have the right to file complaints and legal action against people who are obviously responsible for making their lives miserable and the high threshold ensures that below Article 8 of the European Commission law that all people have the right to freedom of expression.

However, its effectiveness is still in question. The United Kingdom virtually has more than 3 billion citizens, and each person can produce at least 1 GB of information on a daily basis. How will the CPS work with this particular predicament?

There’s still much to see before the new guidelines prove that they are truly effective.