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Guilty until show innocence

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By Ralph Damiani

It was with very mixed emotions that we watched the Bill Richardson saga unfold last weekend.

There were some real positives to his leaving now and his decision to quit the process to join the Obama administration means he will stay here a bit longer.

But what bothers us the most is his statement that while he is innocent, he is quitting anyway.

That is not the way it should be.

If you are innocent of something, that false accusation should not cause you to surrender. We remember the day when you were innocent until someone proved you were guilty.

Today, all one needs to do is accuse and you are toast.

When you do that, when the simple accusation makes you run and hide, then you give the impression that you are guilty.

If an innocent man is walking down the street and the police stops him, that person does not run. The guilty man does.

That is our problem with what the governor did. His actions scream guilty.

Citing the ongoing federal investigation into how some of his political donors won a lucrative state contract, Richardson withdrew as President-elect Obama’s nominee for secretary of commerce.


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