YOU ARE GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT IN AMERICA!
In most civilized countries, I have never observed policemen strip searching suspects in public and handcuffing them with television cameras rolling. If no TV crew observes the public embarrassment, they can request your mug shots through the Freedom of Misinformation sorry Information Act and still splash them all over the airwaves. Your reputation is ruined, the potential jury pool is poisoned, and the tabloids and TV talk show hacks will enjoy a boost in income. The case of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the IMF head and prospective French President comes to mind.
After evaluating the situation: French speaking female African Immigrant accuser, French speaking perpetrator, no evidence of a struggle or commotion that would be obvious in a hotel, I concluded that the lady was trying to extort money from Mr. Strauss-Kahn. As men, we must beg women for favors, and they have a right to accede to our requests or refuse our pleas. Womanizing is not a crime unless you use force to take what does not belong to you. America has had great womanizing Presidents as does France.
The public conviction of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was handcuffed and dragged out of a departing aircraft was humiliating, unnecessary, and uncivilized. The public conviction was not affirmed by the court. It may have cost him the French Presidency. It is worth noting that the accuser planned the extortion of Mr. Strauss-Kahn with a male accomplice, who is in jail in Arizona.
The dastardly aspect of the whole legal caricature is that after spending sometimes millions of dollars, and going bankrupt to redeem your good name, the government does not reimburse you. I hereby propose that the winning defendant be reimbursed fully if he/she prevails in any case brought by a government prosecutor. This will stem prosecutor abuse as any prosecutor who is costing the government tons of money will lose his/her job as well as stand the risk of being investigated and censored for malpractice.