Corrected version of Councillor Fujita's "Comment on Circumstances of Washington Post Editorial Dated Mar 8, 2010"
I received this from Mr. Fujita last night.
This is the correct version.
Please spread this one far and wide.
March 10th, 2010
Comment on Circumstances of Washington Post Editorial Dated Mar 8, 2010
Member of the House of Councillors
At 10:30 am on March 3, 2010, Lee Hockstader, Editorial Writer for the Washington Post, visited myself (Yukihisa Fujita, member of the House of Councillors, and Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) International Department Director General) having made an interview request on the subject of “Japan’s stance on and shifting attitudes toward immigration” via the Foreign Press Center, Japan. (see the attached interview request and questions)
When Conspiracy Theories Become Prima Facie Evidence
Crisis In America
John J. Albanese
PRIMA-FACIE, EVIDENCE, CASE - Latin for "at first view."
Evidence that is sufficient to raise a presumption of fact or to establish the fact in question unless rebutted.
I have a simple question for our media.
When does the collective evidence associated with any crime cease to be a “conspiracy theory”, and rise to the level of Prima-Facie evidence actionable in a criminal court of law?
I submit to you that the words “conspiracy theory” are meaningless within the realm of professional journalism and law. Virtually all crimes investigated by journalists, and actionable in a court of law, starts with prima-facie evidence and theories. The commonly perceived notion that Richard Nixon, and his staff, were actively covering-up complicity in the Watergate break-in did not constitute a “conspiracy theory.” It was just good old-fashioned investigative journalism based on the available evidence and whistle-blowers.
Although we are all afforded an assumption of innocence by our legal system, prima-facie evidence and prosecutorial theories are the backbone of any criminal case.