People during the Red Scare and the Salem Witch Trials were quick to accuse other in order to keep themselves out of the radar.
Elia Kazan was quick to name off the names of 8 people he's worked in order to shorten his jail sentence, effectively ruining his friendship with Arthur Miller ("About").
Let's see here. He's a Communist, she's a communist, oh she's definitely a communist
"I SAW GEORGE JACOBS WITH THE DEVIL, I SAW GOODY HOWE WITH THE DEVIL, I SAW MARTHA BELLOWS WITH THE DEVIL!" (Miller 48).
People during bot the Red Scare and the Salem Witch Trials relied little on evidence before convicting the person of witchcraft. However, when it actually came to evidence it was a long and painful process that often did not affect the outcome of the trial.
It took little evidence to convict people of being a communist. Once you are convicted, you can't stop what is coming ("Law").
Well, I don't know, it's more fun to convict you. GUILTY!
But I have evidence!!!
People during the Salem Witch Trials took little evidence to accuse someone of being a witch, but you had to submit evidence of the person being innocent in a proper affidavit (Miller 86)