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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

More constitutional misunderstanding

Linda Lodenkamper wrote a letter to the editor of the Denver Post taking the paper to task for its position regarding Stephanie Villafuerte.

Ms. Villafuerte had been nominated to become Colorado's next U.S. Attorney. A controversy arose and she withdraw her name from consideration.

Ms. Lodenkamper wrote:

Your editorial applauding this action ends with the following statement: “Villafuerte may not have done anything wrong, but from what she’s said publicly, she lacks the ability to prove it.” When did your newspaper change to “Guilty until proven innocent?”

This is an all too common misunderstanding. The concept of "innocent until proven guilty" has exactly one application - in a criminal court room.

It has no application to politics. None.

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