With all the pieces that has been happening because the world seeks to weigh the probabilities of a nuclear battle and a realignment of countries throughout the globe, followers of the media could have didn’t tune into the true information that broke in current weeks. Neglect Ukraine, there may be one other drama whose suspense is constructing. It clearly issues the destiny of the battered Prince Andrew due to his position within the Jeffrey Epstein/Ghislaine Maxwell saga that has already produced an formally (and conveniently) declared “suicide” (Epstein’s) and a star legal trial (Maxwell’s). 

Since a US choose has now agreed to carry Virginia Giuffre’s civil lawsuit to trial, it implies that for the primary time, a prince of England, a member of the royal household, might be formally placed on the recent seat in an American courtroom. The rebelling colonists couldn’t get King George III to reply for his crimes, however they now seem to have a son of Elizabeth II of their grasp.

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For weeks, the media have been operating updates particularly on hypothesis concerning the authorized technique Andrew’s attorneys are more likely to undertake. Although for the second it stays mere hypothesis, it does have the facility for attentive observers to impress just a few comedian results. The newest speculation has the attorneys looking for to show the tables on Giuffre by accusing her of intercourse trafficking. They aren’t claiming Andrew is harmless, however they need her to look responsible. Enterprise Insider considers that ploy “dangerous” as a result of the tactic consists of getting a witness — one other of Epstein’s victims — to make that declare about Giuffre. It dangers backfiring as a result of the witness might really contradict Andrew’s adamant declare that he by no means had intercourse with Giuffre.

Truly, the authorized workforce seems already to have ready a technique for that eventuality. On January 26, NPR reported that Andrew’s attorneys addressed a message to the court docket saying, “that if any sexual exercise did happen between the prince and Virginia Giuffre, it was consensual.” This will sound odd as a result of the accused’s attorneys ought to know if he did or didn’t, however the legislation isn’t about information, solely the impression lawyer could make on a choose or a jury.

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NPR continues its description of the attorneys’ place: “The court docket submitting made clear that Andrew wasn’t admitting sexual contact with Giuffre. But it surely stated if the case wasn’t dismissed, the protection needs a trial through which it could argue that her abuse claims ‘are barred by the doctrine of consent.’”

Right this moment’s Weekly Satan’s Dictionary definition:


Settlement on one thing perceived as illicit between two or extra folks, together with, in some excessive circumstances, a member of the British royal household and a 17-year-old American woman become a intercourse slave by the royal’s finest American buddy

Contextual Observe

Since attorneys reside in a world of hypotheticals, evoking the concept “if” a choose and jury have been to resolve sexual contact between the 2 was actual, it ought to allow the authorized workforce to make a declare they count on the court docket to grasp as: She was asking for it. In civil circumstances, all attorneys know that assault is the most effective protection.

Thus, Andrew’s authorized workforce is now being paid, to not show the prince’s innocence, however to ascertain the guilt of the sufferer. They’re looking for to create the impression that the Virginia Roberts of 20 years in the past was already a wolf in sheep’s clothes when she consented to consorting with a prince. And, after all, continues to be one as she seeks to revenue from the civil trial right this moment.

Most commentators doubt that Andrew has a case. This has permitted the media to revel within the humiliation of a person who has at all times been perceived as supercilious and deserving of nobody’s consideration aside from being the queen’s “favorite son.” That’s the reason this has been nothing however unhealthy information for Buckingham Palace

And it appears to be like to worsen. So keep tuned.

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Historic Observe

Authorized consultants inform us that what the prince’s attorneys seek advice from because the “doctrine of consent” is formally described because the “doctrine of knowledgeable consent.” Extra pertinently, the consent referred to focuses totally on circumstances within the realm of medical therapy. It’s all a few affected person’s settlement to a medical process which may be dangerous. It defines the doctor’s responsibility to tell the affected person of all of the dangers related to a really helpful process. If consent is obtained, the doctor might be away from duty ought to any of the dangers be realized.

It might appear odd that Prince Andrew’s attorneys are interesting to a doctrine established particularly for medical apply. However whereas many is not going to consider attorneys themselves as interesting, at any time when they lose a case, you may ensure that they are going to be interesting it. However that isn’t the one sort of interesting they do. When making ready a case, they’ll attraction to any random precept or odd indisputable fact that seems to serve their goal. This could shock nobody as a result of, similar to politicians who concentrate on successful elections quite than governing, attorneys concentrate on successful circumstances for his or her purchasers quite than on justice.

The unhappy fact, nonetheless, for many who consider that justice is a high quality factor to have as a characteristic of a sophisticated civilization is that the attorneys aren’t solely proper to comply with that logic; the most effective of their lot are additionally very skillful in making it work. Which is why what we name the justice system will at all times be extra “simply” for many who can afford to pay for essentially the most skillful attorneys.

The ultimate irony of this story lies in the truth that, of their diligence, the attorneys have borrowed the thought behind the doctrine of consent, not from the world of sexual predation, however from the realm of remedy and medical apply. They should be cautious at this level. Even Andrew and his attorneys ought to know that in the event you insert an area within the phrase “therapist,” it factors to the picture Prince Andrew has in some folks’s minds: “the rapist.” The mountains of testimony from Jeffrey Epstein’s numerous victims reveal that, although they have been undoubtedly consenting in some sense to the masterful manipulation of the deceased billionaire and buddy to the well-known and rich (in addition to probably a spy), all of them have been to some extent traumatized for all times by the expertise.

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As Invoice Gates defined when questioned about the issue of his personal (he claims ill-informed) consent to no matter he was as much as with Epstein, for him there may very well be no critical regrets. The issue not exists as a result of, properly, “he’s lifeless” (referring to his pal, Jeffrey). Prince Andrew remains to be alive, although this complete enterprise has disadvantaged him of all his royal privileges, making him one thing of a lifeless department on the royal household tree. Virginia Giuffre can also be nonetheless alive, although undoubtedly disturbed by her expertise as a device within the arms of Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell and Prince Andrew.

So, except a nuclear battle intervenes within the coming weeks between the US and Russia making all the pieces else redundant (together with the collapse of Meta’s inventory), the attention-grabbing information will flip across the authorized destiny within the US of two outstanding Brits. The primary is a socialite (and probably additionally a spy) in addition to a high-profile heiress, Ghislaine Maxwell. She is anticipated to have a retrial someday sooner or later. The second is none apart from the queen’s favourite son.

*[In the age of Oscar Wilde and Mark Twain, another American wit, the journalist Ambrose Bierce, produced a series of satirical definitions of commonly used terms, throwing light on their hidden meanings in real discourse. Bierce eventually collected and published them as a book, The Devil’s Dictionary, in 1911. We have shamelessly appropriated his title in the interest of continuing his wholesome pedagogical effort to enlighten generations of readers of the news. Read more of The Fair Observer Devil’s Dictionary.]

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