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The fact that the prosecutor downgraded the charge is extremely significant. It means that the police was over-selling the charge to such an extent that the prosecutor had no choice whatsoever but to downgrade the case. Scandinavian prosecutors are not independent by any means - they don't do anything to antagonise the police unless they know that they'll be laughed out of court (by the judge, not the public) unless they do so. Particularly when the case involves people who are unpopular with the Serious People. And the lowest courts are very accommodating of the police's version of events.

But that doesn't detract from the point that Assange enjoys the presumption of innocence, and that witnesses enjoy the presumption of good faith. These principles should not be mutually exclusive. Particularly not for people relying on second-hand information.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue Aug 24th, 2010 at 04:52:21 PM EST
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