Opinion We Don’t Have To Wait For Due Process To Hold An Opinion On Roy Moore

00:31  14 november  2017
00:31  14 november  2017 Source:   thefederalist.com

Alabama poll: Moore and Jones tied following scandal

  Alabama poll: Moore and Jones tied following scandal Embattled Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore is tied with Democrat Doug Jones in a new poll on Friday, one day after accusations surfaced that Moore had inappropriate sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl decades ago. Moore and Jones are tied at 46 percent in the new poll by Decision Desk and Opinion Savvy, with 82 percent of respondents aware of the new allegations leveled by named accusers in The Washington Post.In RealClearPolitics's average of polls, which does not yet include the new poll, Moore is leading by 6 points. All of those polls were taken before the allegations of Moore's sexual conduct were reported.

Just recalling some of the people who have held office over the past few decades tells us that voters But don ’ t tell me you’re sure Roy Moore is innocent. Due Process JonBenet Ramsey Juanita Broaddrick Roy Moore Sean Hannity Sexual Assault statutory rape The Washington Post Washington.

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Due process is a vital legal concept that establishes rules and procedures to guard against unfair, arbitrary, untrue, or unreasonable treatment that deprive Americans of “life, liberty or property.”

Because anyone can lie -- including self-professed victims of sexual assault. You needn’t look further than the numerous young lives that have been ruined on college campuses by fabricated allegations to understand why due process is important. And anyone can be railroaded. Witchhunts are real. Mobs tend to form rather easily these days. The political motivated smear the innocent for partisan reasons. Biased organizations peddle innuendo and gossip to exploit the public’s existing biases.

Roy Moore: ‘These allegations are completely false’

  Roy Moore: ‘These allegations are completely false’ Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore said Friday that the allegations regarding his sexual misconduct with 14-year-old girl in 1979 are "completely false.""These allegations are completely false and misleading," he told Sean Hannity on his radio show.

“ Roy Moore deserves due process before you ask him to step aside.” I don ’ t have to wait for a trial to make that judgment, and neither do you. Due process does not apply. That’s what you would conclude from this USA Today opinion piece headlined, “The feds lost -- yes, lost -- 1,475 migrant

There are many reasons due process is relevant to our responses to the allegations against Roy Moore . Heck, the excuse to hold a Las Vegas-style extravaganza, with herself in the role of Celine, may have been the point of filing the articles in the first place.

All of that is true. None of it means the allegations regarding Alabama’s Republican senatorial candidate Roy Moore are untrue. Don't let healthy skepticism transform into tribal denialism.

Did most of the establishment already detest Moore for his socially conservatives views? Of course. Would The Washington Post pursue someone in the Democratic Party with the same gusto? Probably not. It’s also true that former presidents and senators who were likely sexual predators were given virtual free passes by the establishment media for decades. The treatment of the parties on this front will never be equal.

Still, none of that means the accusations about Moore pursuing sexual relations with teen girls when he was in his 30s is any less plausible, either. Unlike a number stories which have simply relayed abuse allegations without proof or corroboration, The Washington Post’s piece on Moore happens to be a solid piece of journalism with multiple sources and timelines that form a wholly plausible, sordid story. Accusations of bias shouldn’t convince the fair-minded person to dismiss the testimonies of (at least) four women who don’t know each other but tell similar tales with some specificity.

Moore lawyer disputes yearbook signature

  Moore lawyer disputes yearbook signature The lawyer for GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore disputed the recent allegation of sexual assault against him at a press conference Wednesday, casting doubt on the high school yearbook signature one accuser says Moore made.In a defiant afternoon press conference outside of the state Republican Party headquarters, Moore attorney Phillip L. Jauregui called on the accuser to turn over the yearbook to a neutral party for handwriting analysis.

The Roy Moore case is not really about Roy Moore , whether he sexually harassed anybody 40 years ago, or the Senate seat that hangs in the balance. Due process first dies in the court of public opinion .

Opinion . The Texas lawmaker stated that “ we have something called due process in the United States,” adding that we shouldn’ t be trying cases in the Washington Post and called for us to wait until a jury of Moore ’s peers came down rendered a verdict. GOP, Kate Bolduan, Roy Moore .

Nor does media bias change the fact that many of Moore’s answers have been exceptionally unpersuasive to this point. Make what you will of Fox News’ Sean Hannity, but his interview with the Republican Senate candidate posed many of the right questions. When asked if you’ve dated 15-year-olds in your mid-30s, an ordinary healthy adult male does not answer, “Not generally, no,” as Moore did, but rather “hell no.”

Moreover, when Hannity pressed Moore on whether he had dated a 17-year-old, the former prosecutor first claimed the accusation was “completely false” before asserting, “I don't remember going out on dates. I knew her as a friend. If we did go on dates then we did. But I do not remember that.” What kind of adult man doesn’t recollect going out on a date with a teen girl? Presumably one that hits on numerous teen girls.

“Due process” shouldn’t be code for ‘let’s dismiss anything inconvenient to our political fortunes.’ This isn’t a criminal proceeding. If we were on a jury, there would be a different evidentiary standard and burden of proof. But Moore is not on trial for rape of a 14-year-old, he’s running for political office. The lack of a conviction doesn’t precluded the public from pondering the accusations and judging him.

Lawyer: Congress can examine yearbook if hearings are held on Moore accusations

  Lawyer: Congress can examine yearbook if hearings are held on Moore accusations A lawyer representing a woman who accused Alabama's GOP Senate candidate of sexual assault on Wednesday offered to hand over evidence to a Congressional committee if the committee agrees to hold hearings on the accusations. Gloria Allred offered to hand over to "an independent expert" a yearbook that reportedly confirms Moore knew her client, Beverly Young Nelson, in 1977 when she was 16 years old.Moore ha s denied that he knew Nelson. His attorney, Phillip L. Jauregui, on Wednesday called on Nelson to turn over the yearbook to a neutral party for handwriting analysis.

If true. These are the two most important words that aren’ t appearing anywhere amid the allegations of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore , the Republican former judge running in the December But the court of public opinion isn’ t concerned about the truth, due process , or any kind of process .

Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore , at an election eve rally last night (Screengrab). Moore was stopped from holding further elected office by voters in Alabama. That’s all well and good, but it [NFR: Do you not understand that you are reading an opinion blog, not a newspaper? — RD].

I happen to believe that JonBenét Ramsey’s parents killed their daughter. I believe that OJ Simpson was guilty. I believe Juanita Broaddrick. I believe Moore was, at the very least, a creep who abused his position to prey on teen girls. If enough people agree, Moore wouldn’t be going to prison, he simply wouldn’t be coming to Washington.

Many Alabamans might deploy a different kind of ethical calculation. They might vote for Moore because they find his sins less consequential than those of a political opponent who supports legalizing the killing of babies, or other polices they find even more morally repugnant. Just recalling some of the people who have held office over the past few decades, tells us that voters must wrestle with these kind of trade-offs on both sides – which says plenty about the quality of those running for office. This, at least, is an honest position. But don’t tell me you’re sure Roy Moore is innocent.

Ex-RNC chair: Trump's comments on Roy Moore 'beyond stupid' .
A former chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) said Wednesday that President Trump's comments dismissing GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore's accusers were "beyond stupid" and that he doesn't care about his own party.""This is beyond stupid. And there's irreparable harm that's being done to this party and to this country. someone needs to take control here and it's certainly not the president," Michael Steele told MSNBC's Chris Matthews.

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