Originally Posted by chef2sail
So then I ask you who is probably right here and who really has more credibility... [people] who have never met him and only have to go on what they make up in their own minds
There's an interesting point. Because the Judge and the Jury in law cases are always people who do not know the person on trial. And they only have to go on what they are given in that trial.
It kinda mean the dispassionate viewing of information (hopefully good information) can lead to a different outcome than the viewing of others.
Look at it this way, if there is ever a jury selected to judge the facts of this matter they won't be seafarers... They will be "normal" people from city's, towns, farms, factories far removed from the sea... And they will be instructed by a judge whose longest voyage was the ferry to Coney Island.
But we will know that they will do a,pretty good job in resolving issues we are arguing about.
Or I hope so anyway!