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12-18-2013, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by DrinkFightFlyers View Post
Eh, I guess it is structured similarly in that there is an appeals process, but in the "real world" as opposed to the "hockey world," they are not the same thing. There is nothing to prove in the NHL, it is whatever Shanny says. No trial. No jury. There is no burden of proof on either side. Like every other aspect that I have pointed out. There's no jury of Tom Wilson's peers that will determine the outcome of this hit.
People don't go in front of a jury of their peers in all cases. Many times a judge will be the only person delivering a verdict.

There is no "burden of proof" because there are cameras everywhere. If the games were not televised and not played in front of several thousand viewers in-person, Shanahan's job would be significantly different. During the meetings, Shanahan also allows the player to discuss his actions (though that may not have any bearing on the ultimate decision).

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