Senatorial candidate Roy Moore should be afforded the same rights extended to all American citizens:
- The right to counsel and representation in a court of law.
- The right to face his primary accuser – a woman whose tale of impropriety dates back to nearly four decades gone by and involves the memory retrieval of a fourteen year old girl.
- The right to a presumption of innocence until proven guilty.
None of these Constitutional protections are in play. There is no grand jury indictment, no date set on a court docket, no seating of a jury and no evidence to present.
The media is just the latest kangaroo court. And we are complicit if we allow this senseless chaos and lack of due process. Being riveted to our seats, not deploying the television remote to engage loftier pursuits is our own indictment.
Roy Moore may be guilty of sexual improprieties. But let that guilt be firmly established in a court of law. Let that guilt be the verdict pronounced by a jury presented with irrefutable evidence. Because at the end of the day, better a few who are guilty be pronounced innocent than falling into a trap of allowing the innocent to be pronounced guilty without probable cause.
If we hang the Scarlet Letter from the man, we hang the same on ourselves on the day in which we are accused and not afforded due process.
Roy Moore may be guilty of that which he is accused. But accusation alone does not assign guilt. Guilt is assigned with evidence or a body of the same. Roy Moore, an American citizen, should receive the Constitutional buffers meant to guard against the kangaroo court conducted by CNN and other predatory media outlets.
“… if truth were everywhere to be shown, a scarlet letter would blaze forth on many a bosom…” Nathaniel Hawthorne