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A change of words

A CNN story about a bill put forward in Georgia’s House of Representatives that would eliminate the word “victim” from certain legal statues and replace it with “accuser” quoted Russell Gabriel, director of the School of Law’s Criminal Defense Clinic, and Charles Bullock, a professor of political science at UGA.

“When we assume the fact that a jury is being asked to decide by presuming that an individual is in fact a victim, then we are undercutting some of the foundational principles of our legal system,” Gabriel said.

Speaking on the reputation of the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Bobby Franklin, Bullock said: “He’s been something of a loose cannon since he got in there.”