Man Without Qualities

Friday, January 23, 2004

The Limits Of Marthahate

A federal prosecutor said she was worried about finding a fair jury in the Martha Stewart trial after one potential juror looked at the style maven and openly wished her luck.

And it doesn't help matters any that the prosecutors seem to have a really bad case. Does somebody need to remind them that the standard they face is guilt beyond a reasonable doubt? Have they looked through their files and chanted "reasonable doubt" ten times? Perhaps they should.

Indeed, pardon my skepticism, but the Justice Department's approach to Martha Stewart's prosecution seems eerily like the scientists' approach in this cartoon.

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