SharksWithLasers -- Seth Cooper

A CUTTING-EDGE BLOG FOR THE WORLD OF THE 21st CENTURY, Currently operated by Seth L. Cooper, a 27 year-old attorney in Seattle (sethlcooper at comcast dot net)

Thursday, June 16, 2005

FINAL THOUGHTS ON MICHAEL JACKSON CASE. Having thought the whole matter through, I am still strongly inclined to think that Michael Jackson got away with something. Admittedly, it is difficult to keep the freak factor from influencing my opinion. Of course, the suspect nature of the accuser’s mother is certainly a factor here as well. In the end, excessive complaining can’t be called for given that a 12-member jury unanimously held for Jackson on all charges, and appeared to have carefully examined the evidence. It’s certainly legitimate to question the results of the legal process in a liberal democracy. But due process has undoubtedly taken place.

I remain extremely wary of a man who appears insulated and disconnected from reality and normative standards of behavior. And I still harbor doubts about the correctness of the trial’s outcome. Yet, the respect owed to the process and the verdict of a unanimous jury settles the matter: there was not sufficient evidence for a conviction. I don’t have to like it, but will accept it.

(Andrew McCarthy has some interesting observations in an NRO article from the other day.)

(Downtown Seattle, WA)

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