Specifications for Warranting a Page > Standard of proof and Notable Exceptions
When considering if somebody should be added, remember the general rule of no suspects regardless of the evidence. For the most part, convictions must come before we can add somebody. The conviction can be anywhere so long as there is no massive condemnation of the court process. For example, if a corrupt regime seeks to frame a pesky journalist for terrorism, human rights organizations will make clear the whole process is a farce. Failing outcry or other evidence of wrongdoing at the court level, convictions are the proof we need before adding pages. This serves as an extension to Villain definition.
- The person is unidentified. If you are sure an unidentified or pseudonymous person committed a crime it is on rare occasions appropriate to make a page on that basis. A good and famous example is D. B. Cooper.
- The person died before being brought to justice. It's impossible to fully know what the result of a trial might be here because every so often an open and shut case turns out to be anything but. For example, there might have been a sudden insanity. Nonetheless, with official accounts of what happened and release of evidence showing the deceased was responsible, we can use common sense and add these after weighing that evidence in our own minds. There are many examples of these, often through perpetrator suicide (Pekka-Eric Auvinen) or being killed by police or military personnel (Omar Mateen).
- The actions aren't illegal where the villain is. This must be considered EXTREMELY CAREFULLY. If in even the tiniest bit of doubt, don't post it. However, hatemongering can be legal in places such as America depending on how free speech is balanced. Top-level officials who abuse their power can avoid breaking laws because they control, enforce, and sometimes disregard them.
- All evidence points to the villain's guilt. Again, this must be considered carefully. Consensus must be reached on these cases before anything can be done (either on this site or, better, by experts), and evidence must be scrutinized. For example, Casey Anthony was acquitted of murder because the coroner couldn't determine exactly how her daughter died so murder couldn't be proved, however it is judged that her inconsistent defense and the fact that this was the only reason she got acquitted is enough for her to have a page.
- The villain was not convicted but confessed. This is fairly self-explanatory. If a villain was not convicted of their crimes but did confess, then the fact that they were not convicted is immaterial provided the confession was reliable. For example, Roy Bryant confessed to the murder of Emmett Till after being acquitted, and Andrew Cuomo resigning as Governor of New York, effectively seen as a confession for his sexual harrasment allegations.
- The villain was acquitted but found legally responsible. If somebody is acquitted of a crime, but are found to be responsible after the fact, then they are still guilty under the law and thus meet this criteria. For example, O.J. Simpson was acquitted for the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman in criminal court, but was found responsible in a civil suit, Daniel Pantaleo was ruled to have acted unlawfully by an NYPD tribunal, and Amber Heard lost a court case which ruled that she had slandered Johnny Depp.
- Charges were dropped due to health or immunity from prosecution. If somebody clearly committed a crime but weren't convicted due to either health reasons (Jimmy Snuka) or immunity from prosecution (Richard Nixon) then they can have a page assuming their guilt can be established.
- The villain is still at large. If somebody commits a crime, then becomes a fugitive from justice and is never apprehended, then they obviously can't be convicted. Similar to the first and second examples, a criminal who is still at large like Alexis Flores as well as many members of terrorist organizations are permitted to have a page.
This a grey area, as innocent people are often convicted and have their convictions overturned later. However, the reasons for the overturning must be considered. If the conviction was only overturned because of technicalities or legal issues rather than any evidence that the person was innocent (for example Bill Cosby and Michael Skakel) then provided there is enough evidence to prove they were guilty in the first place, they can count.