Presumption of Innocence: The Corey Booker Accusations; Canada Flies the Straight Pride Flag; Judge Tosses Out Public Gay Sex Lawsuit

Presumption of Innocence: The Corey Booker Accusations

I have always firmly believed in The Presumption of Innocence. I think it’s a fundamental part of our process, and without it no one is safe.

The presumption of innocence is the principle that one is considered innocent unless proven guilty. It was traditionally expressed by the Latin maxim ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat (“the burden of proof is on the one who declares, not on one who denies”).

With that said, here’s an article that discusses the sexual assault accusations recently made against Sen. Cory Booker. I saw the accusations myself on Twitter when they happened, and I couldn’t believe that someone would have the audacity to print such strong comments without giving his name or proof. From what I saw, they are just accusations based on nothing solid or factual. 

In a description that reads like a dime store novel, the man alleges that Booker groped him in a public bathroom and tried to get the man to perform oral sex on him. Booker was supposedly visiting the man’s workplace at the time.
The man says he ran into Booker in the bathroom and the two chatted in the doorway before Booker pushed him up against a wall and groped him against his will.

You can read the rest, here. But keep in mind this isn’t about politics or bots. This is about The Presumption of Innocence, and someone could do this to you, too.

Canada Flies the Straight Pride Flag

This whole thing has a myriad of issues, some of which are frustrating. Frustrating in the sense that they simply do not “get” it in this little town in Canada. They fail to realize the most important fact here: every day is straight pride day everywhere in the world. The entire world is heteronormative. But they flew a straight pride flag anyway. In their attempt at fairness, they missed the entire point of the Rainbow Flag…to bring awareness to a marginalized group of people who have fought long and hard for their equality. It’s not about sexuality.

In a seemingly misguided attempt at fairness, however, the city council also recently erected a black-and-white “straight pride” flag from the same flagpole. The flag features six black and white stripes with interlocking male and female symbols at it centers.

You can read the rest here. They have taken the flag down, and issued a letter of explanation. But does that make it any better? There are still people out there who simply do not get it. 


Judge Tosses Out Public Gay Sex Lawsuit

Arrests of this kind have been going on for years and no one has ever done anything about it until now. Most people don’t even know it’s been happening. The police have been setting gay men up and luring them for years in these “sting”operations. Until now. 

Judge Ginger Lerner Wren ruled against the state of Florida in a case involving 19 men who were arrested during two separate sting operations for “exposure of sexual organs and/or unnatural lascivious acts” after being caught having sex inside an adult film theater.

Judge Wren also said this in her ruling. 

“caution must be exercised in how we apply a statute which can criminalize private sexual acts between consenting adults” and noted that Pleasure Emporium has “several levels of barriers” in place to protect unsuspecting people from seeing any of the sexual activity happening inside the theaters.

Here’s the rest. Unfortunately, many of the men have already chosen a guilty plea, but she said there is hope to to get the guilty pleas tossed out. The problem is that most gay men, especially closeted gay men, won’t do that. It’s easier to just plead guilty and keep it private. And the police know that.





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