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Sunday, March 26, 2023 

Rick & Morty co-creator has domestic violence charges dropped

Now here's a most eyebrow raising turn of events in the case of animator Justin Roiland, as reported on Israel Hayom:
California prosecutors on Wednesday dropped domestic violence charges against Justin Roiland, who created the Adult Swim animated series "Rick and Morty" and provided the voices of the show's two title characters.

Orange County district attorney's spokeswoman Kimberly Edds said the two felony counts involving a former girlfriend were dropped "due to a lack of sufficient evidence beyond a reasonable doubt."
Is this an honest conclusion made by the investigators, or is this the result of increasingly disastrous policies in California, where liberal governor Gavin Newsom's been turning what was once a properous state area of the USA into a fiasco in many ways? I have no idea. I do know that if the woman who'd accused him filed police legal reports, that's a more credible way to build a case, but if she had made a false complaint, then yes, that was wrong. If the accusations are factual, however, then the prosecution was wrong not to indict Roiland, and did a terrible disfavor to abuse victims everywhere.

John Nolte of Breitbart addressed the issue like this:
I know nothing about anyone or anything involved in this case. Before this situation blew up in January, I had never heard of Justin Roiland. What’s more, I’ve never watched a frame of Rick and Morty. Roiland might be the biggest left-wing jerk in Hollywood. He might hate Christians and wish Trump supporters dead. He might be a transvestite Satanist. I don’t care about any of that because that has nothing to do with the injustice here.

Justin Roiland’s career, reputation, and income were wiped in a few days over an allegation.

Although the allegation had not seen the inside of a courtroom, Hollywood still annihilated this man and everything he’d worked for.

[...] This is all political. This is all about 1) wiping out men in the creative world to make way for the shrews and 2) appeasing the fascist shrews who have no respect for due process or human decency.

I’ve heard all the arguments… The Constitution is only about what the government can and cannot do. It does not regulate individuals or corporations.
If Roiland's innocent, then he should be welcomed back by the studios he's worked for, in all fairness. But again, if he's guilty, then what's really occurring here is the travesty of a prosecution believing the blacklist issued against him is truly enough, when it's not, and some can reasonably wonder if his political standings played into the case's dismissal. Is that possible?

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