With the trial of Col. Russell Williams coming to a close, it is interesting to see what kind of rights the colonel has been denied in these quick proceedings. There has been no publication ban on the information coming out of the courtrooms, so the public is getting the nitty gritty of all the awful things that Col. Williams did.
The rights that a person has to privacy disappears the moment that you hit the courtroom. There are certain things that can’t be published, such as the names of sexual assault victims and other things like that, but these are protecting the rights of the victims, not the rights of the guilty. Once you are guilty, you can be shamed in any way that the media seems fit.
Case and point: coming back to the Russell Williams case, there are pictures floating around in the media and on the internet of him in women’s underwear and swimsuits. These degrading photos, which would kill this mans career if the circumstances were different, are being flaunted by the media with an almost careless abandon as if they were not pictures of a mass murderer, but of some novelty.
It is amazing how people are no longer given basic dignities when they are on trial. I mean, imagine if the colonel just had a fetish and was innocent of the crimes he was accused of. His career would be destroyed. As well, what of the people that do cross dress and are having their fetish displayed and criticized? Should they have to suffer because one bad man happened to do the same thing they do? Publishing those photos demonizes something that is otherwise harmless.
Who has the right to tell you when your rights are gone?