Accusation is enough to ruin a person's name
The general consensus seems to be that International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn's political career is over regardless of whether the allegations against him eventually hold up in court.
Does anyone remember the angry scenes some time back as crowds pounded on the side of a police van taking a west Cork man accused of murder to trial? Though he had not yet been convicted of anything, for some people the fact that he had his name and picture published in the paper was enough to make him guilty in their minds.
The law in this respect needs to change.