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Takodana: good question!
Betelgeuse: Wonderful question!
Takodana: I think Raleigh's role as a powerful, eloquent man probably shows that he would have been able to meet any charges levied against him, so long as he had the ability to cross-examine the person who made the charge. However, anyone who can't afford a good attorney or can't argue for themselves shouldn't have to cross examine someone in order to defeat a false charge. If a charge was bogus to begin with, then requiring the prosecution to offer reliable proof should help protect more vulnerable individuals.
Umbriel: I also thought it was interesting that Raleigh was so confident that the man would say the truth and is that why the court did not bring him.
Umbriel: we know he did not got along with the king so ....
Blackeye: Tremendous question