Q: "Believe All Women"? A: Women Lie, Too

We live in an era governed by mass-hysteria child-like tantrums based on patent falsehoods, one prominent example being the "believe all women" mantra that is part of the current #MeToo movement.

Naturally, any person with normal cognitive function and life experience will be well aware that lying is something that all humans are capable of, and women are no exception.

The fact that people--regardless of gender or race or age or reputation or any other factor--can lie, and lie convincingly, is precisely why America has an adversarial legal system in which claims can be vigorously challenged and tested.

It is also why defendants have the Constitutional right to face their accusers--because it's harder to lie about someone to their face, when you know they will have the opportunity to subject you to impeachment and cross examination re: your lies.

Here's just another example of this obvious truth out of South Carolina:

A woman who claimed that a black man attacked her in a Walmart parking lot, even posting photos of her injuries and inciting public sympathy, lied about everything, say police.

No kidding. The lie?

Rimes told police that on Nov. 26, she was assaulted by a black man in a Walmart parking lot.

Turned out to be total fabrication. Notably, if you click over to the full article, you'll find that her recounting of the attack upon her--meaning her false accounting of the non-attack upon here--was remarkably detailed. Far more so than, say, the accusations recently made against now-Justice Kavanaugh, and far more timely. (It is worth noting that Kavanaugh's accuser, in featured image, has declined to make her claims in a forum in which they would made under oath and subject to vigorous cross and impeachment.)

Yet these claims in South Carolina were 100% false despite their detail and timeliness.

On Tuesday, the Columbia Police Department in South Carolina announced that in December, 26-year-old Kristen Michelle Rimes of Irmo was charged with filing a false police report and false swearing (to police) after she reported a fake crime.

Here's my #shockedface.

False claims of misconduct are common, folks, but even if they were rare it wouldn't matter--every individual is entitled to not be put in a cage on the basis of false claims, however rare, and thus all claims of purported misconduct should be tested vigorously for falseness. Allowing heated rhetoric and the passions of the moment to override this fundamental principle of due process is the very definition of injustice.

--Andrew

Attorney Andrew F. Branca

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