Even a child rapist? A terrorist? A child-raping terrorist? Because they exist. Terrorists use sexual violence.
If a child-raping, terrorist mass murderer was caught in the US, would you want them to go on trial?
Most Helpful Guy
Yes. Because under the US constitution, not only do we all have equal rights, but we can only have our rights taken from us if conditions are met. Namely, if due legal process is carried out.
It is because they go on trial that our rights mean anything. When found guilty, their rights are stripped from them, and they are incarcerated.
What would you propose we did rather than put them on trial? Just take them behind the courthouse and shoot them twice in the head for their crimes?
That sounds tempting. Child rapist? Murderer? Two shots fired, and the problem is over. Society is safe from that criminal!
No. Not at all.
There was never any action done to PROVE they were guilty of the crime. It is through a trial that evidence is presented, proof is offered, and guilt is determined. If you allow anyone simply accused to be dealt away with, with no trial? You get the French Revolution, where tens of thousands were publicly executed as bloodlust swamped over people. Fingers pointed, lies told, and heads rolled. No accountability, no proof, just a lot of death.
What is more, you give the government the right to simply execute anyone, on the spot, they feel is a danger to the public. That includes you, if they don't like you. Don't worry, though, the public will believe you deserved to die.
They'll just be told you were a child rapist.1
Most Helpful Girl
I understand what you're saying. They don't need a fair trial to protect themselves - everyone knows such a person would be a monster. We need it to protect ourselves. It doesn't take long for the judicial system to crumble. We need it to be fair for everyone so that it stays fair for everyone. Sed lex dura lex.1