by Andrew Stuttaford
Jonah, I’d agree there is something more than a little off about that piece by Bernard-Henri Lévy, but at the same time here and there he does have a point. Specifically, I’ve long thought that the carefully choreographed degradation that accompanies an arraignment (the perp walk, the often clearly unecessary use of handcuffs  and so on) is a spectacle of humiliation that fits very uneasily with innocent-until-proved-guilty, and not only symbolically so. The jury needs to be persuaded by what goes on in the court room, not by the theatrics that may precede it.