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The Damage Nobody is Talking About

W. Scott Cole

Posted on March 28, 2019 00:20

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Robert Mueller’s final report has been submitted and all the talk is on what is or is not in the report. Maybe it’s time for someone to talk about what damage the last two years have done to our system of justice.

First, let me say that I do not like President Trump. I believe he is a morally bankrupt person with a narcissistic personality. I dislike the idea of defending him immensely. BUT, he is the duly elected President of the United States. While I do not have much respect for the man, I have immense respect for the office he holds. In my opinion, he was the lesser of two evils in 2016 and I think he (surprisingly) is doing a good job as President.

I also think the last two years was more about Democrats being bad losers and trying to overturn a legal election than it was about any criminal activity in the Trump campaign. Those two years have done immense damage to our system of justice and the damage is not yet done.

By far the worst casualty to this point is to what our Constitution calls the “presumption of innocence”, more familiarly phrased as “innocent until proven guilty”. This means that when a person is arrested, the burden is on the state to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person charged committed the crime. It is not on the person charged to prove he is innocent.

Thanks to a largely biased media that did it’s best to help the Democrats in their quest to undo the election, President Trump has never had a presumption of innocence. All you need to do to see this is to look at all the talk from Democrats and media about how much “proof” Mueller had that would convict President Trump once the report came out. The effect of this media blitz is that a large part of this country came to believe that he was part of a conspiracy with the Russians to fix the election, and many still believe it, even after the report did not recommend the filing of charges. “But wait,” you say. “There were 34 people indicted in the course of the investigation. Trump had to have known what they were doing.” Yes, there were. Twenty-five of them were Russians, indicted for attempting to interfere in the election, but NOT of conspiracy with the Trump campaign to fix the election. Of the nine Americans indicted, none of them were charged with crimes related to anything they did in the Trump campaign.

The next casualty, which has not happened yet, and I hope will not happen, may turn out to be the right to trial by an impartial jury. At this point, it would be impossible to find a jury that can be impartial if President Trump were to face charges of any kind. Both camps are so polarized, I doubt very much that one person, much less twelve, can be found anywhere in this nation that can honestly say “guilty” or “innocent” based only on the evidence presented.

Let’s stop the insanity before the damage to our system reaches the point of no return.

W. Scott Cole

Posted on March 28, 2019 00:20

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