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draythomp

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He did nothing illegal in my opinion,


That's why things like this should be decided by a court, not by you, or me, or Mr. Swartz.

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and the plaintiffs withdrew complaints after they had looked into it.


The fact that the plaintiffs withdrew their complaints shouldn't be sufficient to prove one's innocence. Lots of domestic abuse cases should be sufficient in convincing anyone of that.


Regarding courts, they cost a LOT of money.  Prosecutors often ruin people and their entire extended family losing a case by simply running up the costs.  The power of a prosecutor's office is incredible and has extremely deep pockets.  When no one was hurt and the plaintiffs have removed their complaint, leave it the heck alone

dhenry, your second sentence should tell a whole lot of people how you think.  Coffin v. United States way back in the late 19th century set the stage in the U.S. and it has been reinforced thousands of times.  It's even explicitly stated in many country's constitutions.
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dhenry

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When no one was hurt and the plaintiffs have removed their complaint, leave it the heck alone


Then it is upon Mr. Schwartz and his defense to prove that no one was hurt.

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dhenry, your second sentence should tell a whole lot of people how you think.  Coffin v. United States way back in the late 19th century set the stage in the U.S. and it has been reinforced thousands of times.  It's even explicitly stated in many country's constitutions.


I am not really sure how Coffin vs. US is connected to your notion that the plaintiffs' dropping the complaints proved one's innocence.

draythomp

You did it again, this time in the first sentence.
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dhenry

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You did it again


I am not sure what "it" you are referring to.

I actually agree with your statement that if no one is hurt, we should leave it alone.

But to satisfy that condition (or assumption) that no one is hurt, Schwartz and his team will have to prove that no one is hurt. If he cannot, he will have to go to the court and let his peers judge his innocence (or lack of).

That, in case you didn't realize, has no thing to do with presumption of innocence.

draythomp

It has everything to do with presumption of innocence; you probably don't understand what that actually means.
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