Re: Spouse Abuse
J. Hugh Sullivan (sullijh@NDLC.OCC.UKY.EDU)
Tue, 12 Sep 1995 07:32:46 -0500
The point raised by Doc Fox raised my eyebrows. As I understand his views,
Scouting has the right to expel a member based on a private investigation
of whether he is guilty of spouse abuse. In spite of the fact that he is
an attorney and I only "play attorney" as necessary, I question the
wisdom of this advice. I question to be advised - not to engage in debate.
If the accused is found innocent by our legal system, would he not have
an excellent chance to win a civil suit against the BSA for wrongful
"whatever"? Doesn't your position also presume that BSA rule and law is
above and beyond court law when some group desires to punish a person
based on obvious and apparent but not legal guilt? To me your position
opens a gigantic tin of annelids. Did the Fast Talking Wolf talk too fast
or, will he enlighten this "Sea Lawyer"? Even as we speak, he reaches
for his Blackstone - tune in tomorrow for the exciting answer!
It is my opinion that our legal system has little to do with guilt or
innocence; the victory usually goes to the attorney who presents the most
damaging evidence while legally preventing his opponent from doing the
same. In other words, it is frequently a matter of academics and
technicalities. But, with a little luck, the system works better than any
alternatives I can offer.
Gihim, One Who Encourages
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City