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Thursday, June 16, 2005

My Last Word on the Jackson Trial (I Promise!)

So, after wrongly predicting a hung jury earlier this week, I was feeling pretty bad about my punditry skills.  Then, I watched this  video fisking of TV coverage of Jackson by the Daily Show, and I felt much better.  Plus, I laughed till it hurt.

But the last word on the Jackson trial from me comes courtesy of  Philadelphia's Metro newspaper.  (I've been a loyal reader of the Metro ever since I read its banner headline the day after Terrell Owen's injury: "The Sky Has Fallen!") 

I especially like the letters to the editor section.  Now, I'm not sure if these letters are written by real people, but they at least make for good reading.  For example, a Mr. John A. Smith today voiced his outrage at the Jackson verdict::

The American justice system has just taken another step backward and is slowly becoming a joke . . . How much evidence is required to convict someone who is guilty? . . .  I guess it is true that money can buy just about everything.  I know it can sure buy freedom.

This point -- that with a good criminal defense lawyer you can pretty much assure an acquittal -- is one I've heard fairly often in the last two days.  But the next sentence actually summarized my feelings about the case (even as it made John Smith's outrage a little confusing):

I can't say without a reasonable doubt that Jackson is guilty of child molestation, but, on the other hand, I can not say for sure that he is innocent.

Exactly.

Posted by Dave Hoffman on June 16, 2005 at 11:00 AM in Current Affairs | Permalink

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My completely unknowledgeable opinion, quite unconstrained by the actual evidence, is that the jury's verdict reflects the fact that the one thing that juries hate more than a suspected child molester is a bad mom.

Posted by: Christine Hurt | Jun 16, 2005 11:40:16 PM

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