Posted in A to Z challenge, Courting Danger, courtroom drama

I is for … A question of Innocence

In my novel, Courting Danger, the question of ‘innocent until proved guilty’ is the basis of Stefan’s defence.

And while it may seem a cut-and-dried case, his spin of the actual events does give rise to reasonable doubt. Even in a court of law, innocence can be a subjective topic. Determining the charges against a criminal – from murder to manslaughter, from arson to negligence, from assault to self-defence – calls for a judgement on both culpability and intent. It’s never as easy as it seems (apart from being caught red-handed or trapped by your DNA) Whenever it’s case of one person’s word against another’s, then there will be doubt, and an opportunity to spin the facts, as only a politician knows how – well, and a convincing liar!

I found this quote recently and it made me reconsider Stefan’s actions – maybe just for a while anyway 🙂

As soon as a person – or creature – is hurt, whether it be emotionally or physically, then an element of self-defence enters the reckoning. It is how we then react that determines the extent of our guilt – or indeed, our innocence.

Applying this statement to his background, even Stefan has been hurt. Badly so. In fact, it is this hurt that drives him to seek revenge. Had he not been damaged in this way, would he have followed the same path?

Then again, can we excuse our misconduct on our pasts, on how we’ve been treated by others?

Of course not. But, it makes you think.

Still, as my mom would say  “if ifs and ands were pots and pans, there’d be no work for tinkers’ hands.” 🙂





Dreams can come true and mine was to live in Spain forever and ever ....  Well, after studying languages many years ago I became totally enamoured with all things Spanish, I finally made the big move for a more 'relaxed' lifestyle in 2003.  Since then, I have been teaching Spanish to Ex-pats and translating. Also, I trained as a Community Manager (Social Media) so that I have a genuine excuse to be on Facebook, Twitter and the Internet for hours on end, but then I started to write. My first attempt was for NaNo 2012 with 'The Nasrid Charm' (a story set in Spain and the Afterlife.) Like most first drafts, this is in need of serious revision and has been placed on the backburner, while I pursue my mystery stories. I'll get back to it - one day :) 

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