Mayor Michael Bloomberg has come out against “perp walks”, reports the Post–the forced march of famous suspects before the media–now that the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case looks weaker. “I’ve always thought perp walks were outrageous,” said the Mayor, comparing the walks to “Roman times” for their presumption of guilt.
How things have changed! On May 17, with Dominique Strauss-Kahn widely presumed guilty, the Mayor said, “If you don’t want to do the perp walk, don’t do the crime.” The two viewpoints aren’t entirely incongruent–one could be morally opposed to perp walks and still see them as a deterrent–but they present the image of a man who’ll lean with public and tabloid opinion. Of course, Mr. Bloomberg’s just winding down his third term by musing philosophically here–there’s nothing he can actually do about press presence at precincts. “We have a free press in this country,” said a spokesman.
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