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The Price of Justice 

Mr. Paul Goldman has some creative ideas such as using historic tax credits to rehab old schools. But allowing victims of rape — or any violent crime — to choose not to testify is hurtful to society in general and is not a good idea (“The Price of Silence,” Back Page, Oct. 14).

First, the crime is against the Commonwealth, not just the victim. Therefore, failure to confront and convict sexual predators puts others in jeopardy. Secondly, every alleged offender has the constitutional right to confront witnesses against him. This is fundamental to a society predicated upon equal justice before the law.

Surely Mr. Goldman is not suggesting we pick and choose among our constitutional guarantees.

Walt Pulliam Jr., Richmond

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