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Saturday Musings – Sahar Sarid, Guilty Until Proven Innocent?

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I’ve been watching the Internet explosion of interest surrounding the news that prominent domain hall of fame recipient, Sahar Sarid, has been charged with a number of serious crimes relating to mugshots.com. If you read the many articles and forum posts you would assume the trial has already happened and that he, along with his three associates are guilty…..

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I find it really sad that in this day and age the lynch mob is alive and well as they leap into action to grab their burning torches and pitch forks by vilifying a man before the trial. I would remind everyone that Sahar IS innocent until his guilt HAS been proven in a court of law. All we know at this time are the charges and not the outcome.

I should also say that I find the business model surrounding mugshots.com to be unethical (and if proven, illegal) and one that I personally would not have anything to do with. That being said, under our legal system Sahar is granted the right of the presumption of innocence and his guilt must be proven.

This brings me back to the life principles of truth, trust and learning that I have been writing about over the last couple of months. If we were to apply them to this situation we can see the legal system will be endeavouring to prove the truth of the situation with the objective for everyone to learn. Through this we will receive enlightenment regarding the alleged perpetrators of mugshots.com.

If you consider it, the law is all about truth, learning and if individuals are found guilty, consequences. Sahar and his associates are about to get first hand experience of this process…..I wouldn’t want to be in their shoes.

At this time, I wish Sahar all the best with proving his innocence but if he is found guilty then I am confident the legal system will deal with the matter in an appropriate manner. There is one thing for sure…..I know that I don’t have all the facts but the prosecutors and court will.

I find that I can’t write an article like this without at least saying something to the victims of crime, either alleged or proven. Although it’s often small comfort I pray that you receive some measure of justice (not revenge) and find peace as a result.

In times like this it’s important we examine our own houses and ensure the businesses we are involved in are squeaky clean. There’s an old saying, “Those without fault get to cast the first stone.”

Have a great weekend.

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Comments

vanclute on 21 May 2018

Unfortunately this is exactly the world we live in now. The Court of Public Opinion is the one that matters most, and once it has rendered a verdict it can almost never be reversed. Countless people have had lives destroyed by thus mob mentality, and any notion of "innocent until proven guilty" has gone completely out the window.

I mean really if you think about it, why should anyone ever need a defense attorney? Either their guilt can be proven, or it can't. There in theory should be no need to even mount a defense because you are already innocent of any and all charges, right?

Crowds are dangerous, and it's a big part of why I prefer to keep my head down and just quietly do my thing. Oh and not participate in social media... that's a key component for sure.

Unfortunately this is exactly the world we live in now. The Court of Public Opinion is the one that matters most, and once it has rendered a verdict it can almost never be reversed. Countless people have had lives destroyed by thus mob mentality, and any notion of "innocent until proven guilty" has gone completely out the window. I mean really if you think about it, why should anyone ever need a defense attorney? Either their guilt can be proven, or it can't. There in theory should be no need to even mount a defense because you are already innocent of any and all charges, right? Crowds are dangerous, and it's a big part of why I prefer to keep my head down and just quietly do my thing. Oh and not participate in social media... that's a key component for sure.
mgilmour on 21 May 2018

I completely agree with you. The role of a defense attorney should be to assist in revealing their clients truth and not obviscating what may or may not have happened. So many court TV dramas show the defense attorney as someone that knows the truth but hides it from the prosecutor....in reality they should be working together.

I completely agree with you. The role of a defense attorney should be to assist in revealing their clients truth and not obviscating what may or may not have happened. So many court TV dramas show the defense attorney as someone that knows the truth but hides it from the prosecutor....in reality they should be working together.
Guest - Chris M. on 21 May 2018
Thugs behind Mugshots

Sahar made a statement that he has been out of Mugshots.com since 2013. They were doing the same thing before 2013 that they have been doing up till now. All of those that have extorted since Mugshots inception deserve to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. People have have had relationships damaged, lost jobs, and even committed suicide because of what Mugshots has done. I know someone that was proved innocent of a charge, yet Mugshots would not remove their mugshot without an extortion payment. Looking forward to justice being served.

Sahar made a statement that he has been out of Mugshots.com since 2013. They were doing the same thing before 2013 that they have been doing up till now. All of those that have extorted since Mugshots inception deserve to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. People have have had relationships damaged, lost jobs, and even committed suicide because of what Mugshots has done. I know someone that was proved innocent of a charge, yet Mugshots would not remove their mugshot without an extortion payment. Looking forward to justice being served.
mgilmour on 21 May 2018

I agree with you Chris. We need to be aware that our actions can often have negative impacts on others. The goal of the courts is to seek justice and not revenge for those people so affected.

I agree with you Chris. We need to be aware that our actions can often have negative impacts on others. The goal of the courts is to seek justice and not revenge for those people so affected.
Guest - Scott Alliy on 21 May 2018

Well said Michael,

This is not the time for mob mentality or rash judgements or publicly shared opinions .

Free speech is a right and a privilege and should also for reasonable thinking adults be a responsibility taken seriously.

Aside from the fact that opinions about the matter based only on the amount of info which is available or may have been reported may be lacking in substance or perhaps incorrect or misguided, There are ethical standards of character and behavior that define reporters and frankly define a civil society.

Treat others as you yourself would like to be treated. Judge not lest you be judged are a few old sayings I have heard along the past 60 plus years.

Trial by social media or blog is not what our society was built on and not how we will continue to operate as a civil society IMO.

I too was saddened to hear of Sahars tribulations. However I will save my opinion and personal judgment and any public statements for a time after I have heard the whole story.

Lets hope that calmer heads and reserved opinions prevail until more (if not all) is known about the matter. And that justice as designed in our Constitution and laws will be properly administered and served.

Prayers to all involved or affected.

S. Brady Alliy

Well said Michael, This is not the time for mob mentality or rash judgements or publicly shared opinions . Free speech is a right and a privilege and should also for reasonable thinking adults be a responsibility taken seriously. Aside from the fact that opinions about the matter based only on the amount of info which is available or may have been reported may be lacking in substance or perhaps incorrect or misguided, There are ethical standards of character and behavior that define reporters and frankly define a civil society. Treat others as you yourself would like to be treated. Judge not lest you be judged are a few old sayings I have heard along the past 60 plus years. Trial by social media or blog is not what our society was built on and not how we will continue to operate as a civil society IMO. I too was saddened to hear of Sahars tribulations. However I will save my opinion and personal judgment and any public statements for a time after I have heard the whole story. Lets hope that calmer heads and reserved opinions prevail until more (if not all) is known about the matter. And that justice as designed in our Constitution and laws will be properly administered and served. Prayers to all involved or affected. S. Brady Alliy
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