Re: Things Getting Ugly in Tallahassee
Originally Posted by jojo
Its already ugly.
I think it boils down to a "he said/she said" situation except apparently the "he" has a witness that appears willing to support the implied "he" version that contact was consensual (i'm not sure Winston has even formally given police any statement so I'm assuming that would be the position Winston's lawyer indicates).
Given the nature of the allegations, I could understand why a detective would caution a victim, in essence asking her, "Are you willing to endure this?" because her testimony is likely going to make up the bulk of the evidence and the bulk of the case and it was apparent that Winston had already lawyered up. Without her fortitude, the police and the prosecutor have very little and any attempts to collect other evidence were clearly going to take alot of effort. So I'm not willing to throw the police under the bus. But in a vacuum, it sure doesn't come off as sympathetic if the family's characterization of the "warning" is correct. But again, they have one prism filtering their interpretation which is obviously going to paint things in a way that advocates for their daughter in the strongest possible way.
Given the very, very few "facts" that have been leaked, this seems like the type of rape case that is the worst case scenario concerning trying to get a conviction. Then of course, Winston could also be completely innocent.
I find it amazing that the detective was warning the victim against going forward. From my experience, most detectives take the initial statement, gather the evidence and send it on to the prosecutor. It's the prosector's job to determine whether the evidence is sufficient to go forward and to speak with the victim about the prudence of taking it to trial.
Burn down the disco. Hang the blessed DJ. Because the music that he constantly plays, it says nothing to me about my life.