Friday, August 31, 2007

Reasonable Doubt

I try to avoid rushes to judgment, as a rule. Probably something to do with my legal training.

Now that the tape of his interview with police has been released, I've got to say that I've got reasonable doubt about whether Senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho) actually solicited for sex in a public restroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Certainly more than I had as the story developed before the tape was released. I initially spoke about it here.

I don't even know if I believe it's more likely that he did than he didn't. Reasonable minds can and probably do differ on that question.

But based on what's out there --- and I can't imagine that there's anything more --- I am more than a little discomfitted by the apparent rush to judgment by many of his fellow Republicans.

1 comment:

Charles said...

I'll admit it. I was in a stall today, and I tried to reach over with my left hand and wave it under the right hand wall (there was nobody next door).

I couldn't really do it. And I'm not a 6ft+ man.

One thing was clear listening to the tape. The police officer wanted Craig to kiss his behind and beg for forgiveness, and to agree to everything the police officer told him to do.

My guess is if he had, the officer would have got him for lying, because it didn't seem like everything the police officer told Craig was the truth.