Archive for May, 2012

Falsely Accused man gets a second chance.

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

This guy was about the same age as I was when I was falsely accused. Fortunately for me, the story of my accuser did not stand up to the police investigation. Brian Banks was not so lucky. He got a bad lawyer who told him to make a plea deal for the horrifically racist idea that no jury would believe him because he was big and black. So he served time in jail and then had to wear an ankle bracelet and register as a sex offender.

Fortunately, he was able to get his false accuser to admit the lie.

False accusations of rape are rare. They are nowhere near as common as rape. But stories like this expose the need for people to talk about it. This is why we need the presumption of innocence to be afforded to all who are accused of crimes. In a perfect world nobody would make a false accusation of rape. But in a perfect world, nobody would be raped either. We can, as a society, make it so actual victims of rape can come forward while also making sure that people are given fair trials and that lives like Mr. Banks are not ruined just because someone thinks it is OK to make up such a horrific lie.