Actually, Cindy, my brother is a crown prosecutor and deals mainly with prosecuting paedophiles, and has done so for 20 years. He is well known in Western Australia for having put hundreds of the
away, and our state newspaper just did a big story on him. He's my hero, but aside from that, he told me something in passing years ago which illustrates what you're saying.
He was prosecuting a grandfather who had sexually abused his youngest grand-daughter. Things were going well and it looked like a conviction was going to be the outcome. In the judge's final address to the jury, the judge virtually instructed the jury to acquit because he implied that there really wasn't anything wrong with what the accused man had done. It wasn't that obvious, of course, but the meaning was lost on nobody in that court room, and the man walked.
My brother almost quit his job that day. But he didn't, and one day he will be a judge himself, and you can bet that kind of travesty will not occur in his