I've often criticized the British media for vilifying people who are merely suspected of committing serious crimes, and I'm also fiercely opposed to the death penalty due to the possibility of someone innocent being executed. It just occurred to me today that if by some bizarre series of coincidences I was ever linked to a murder or another serious crime, it would be REALLY easy for the press vilify me and make me out to be a complete oddball weirdo, thus prejudicing the jury in any trial that took place.
It kind of reminds me of the case of Christopher Jefferies, he was a landlord and one of his tenants, a young woman, was strangled to death in her flat. The police arrested him despite having scant evidence against him and the newspapers proceeded to vilify him because he was a bit weird, he looked a bit like a nutty professor, he'd never been married, some of his former pupils (he was a retired teacher) claimed that he had a very short temper and that he made sexual innuendos, an unnamed source claimed that he was friends with a pedophile, he had an a-z map of Bristol on the back seat of his car and they claimed that he used it to find a place to dump the body, basically they dragged his name through the mud and declared him guilty before the police had even charged him. As it turns out the police released him after about a week because one of his neighbors had actually committed the murder.
As a thought experiment, I decided to compile a list of things from my private life that the tabloids could use against me if I was ever linked to a serious crime, and I'm not going to go into details but it looks REALLY bad, within a couple of days they'd be able to have most of the country convinced I was guilty. Do you ever worry that your lifestyle could seriously harm your credibility if you were ever accused of something serious?
(Not sure whether this is the right section of the forum, feel free to move it to mature topics if you so wish.)