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If there was a conflict between the rights of the accused and the rights of the victim, whose rights should be more important, why ?? If there was a conflict between the rights of the accused and the rights of the victim, whose rights should be more important, why ??

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The rights of the accused must be protected--perhaps not all rights, but certainly the right to a fair and timely trial.  This does not discount the rights of the victim, but it does set a priority IF one has to be made.  We've seen too many cases of all kinds where the accused was innocent and the victim was guilty.  However, once the accused has become the guilty, the victims deserve to have every right protected against the perpetrator.  In an ideal world, all would be equal and adequate; in the real world, we may have to choose, unfortunately.

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