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  •  Again, there is the law and there's the rest (6+ / 0-)

    We've set up, or set apart, a realm where we preface everything with "allegedly" unless and until certain things happen.  Outside that realm, we're not obliged to say "allegedly" because there is no chance that he didn't plant the bomb.  We treat the obviously guilty and the possibly guilty (which is to say likely innocent) the same because that's the only way to safeguard the rights of the latter, but we don't do that latter group any favors by confusing the procedural rights of the former with some real-world possibility that they're innocent.  That kind of cherade is necessary within the stylized realm of the law but when we take it outside we just discredit the law.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Fri May 03, 2013 at 07:03:33 AM PDT

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