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View Diary: Will we let Roger Shuler ("The Legal Schnauzer") suffer alone and forgotten? [Update] (97 comments)

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  •  I read the story in question. (9+ / 0-)

    The alleged extramarital affair that he reported on was weak in detail and you simply had to rely on Shuler's word for it. As a journalist myself, I was in a similar situation where there were rumors flying around. In that case, when you hear allegations of this nature, you have to wait until there is independent corroborating evidence for the allegation before you print something of the nature that he did. We're not law enforcement; we're the court of last resort. My rule is to either stick to what is public knowledge or stuff that I can document if I have to. If you can document the truth, that is an absolute defense against these sorts of charges.

    The problem is, where did these alleged affairs take place? Where were these two individuals seen? How does your source know that there is an affair? It's human nature to assume that if a man and woman are friendly that there is therefore something going on. I understand that there is the potential for major implications if these allegations are true. But that makes it all the more important to do one's homework.

    None of this justifies Shuler's arbitrary imprisonment. Two wrongs don't make a right. His civil rights still have to be protected and fairness and due process still have to be followed.

    "The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression." - W.E.B. Du Bois Be informed. Fight the Police State.

    by Eternal Hope on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 03:28:08 PM PDT

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