On Clin­ton emails, fol­low fact, not emo­tion

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Arnold R. Isaacs, Pasadena

A re­minder to those who chant “lock her up” at po­lit­i­cal ral­lies or plant “Hil­lary for Prison” signs on their lawns: in this coun­try peo­ple are sent to prison by a judge or jury, not by their po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents or by crowds of peo­ple who don’t like them. And when they are con­victed, it’s on the ba­sis of facts that show they broke a spe­cific law, not be­cause some­body thinks they’re bad peo­ple who must have done some­thing il­le­gal. This is called rule of law. It pro­tects all Amer­i­cans, and all Amer­i­cans — no mat­ter which party or can­di­date they sup­port, and most of all any­one whois seek­ing pub­lic of­fice — should value and de­fend it, not un­der­mine it.

FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey’s lat­est dis­clo­sure on the Clin­ton emails doesn’t look like the act of a man who’s in the tank for her cam­paign (“Comey puts his thumb on the scale of the elec­tion,” Oct. 30).

Per­haps the “lock her up” folks should con­sider the pos­si­bil­ity that he wasn’t in the tank a few months ago, ei­ther, and that his de­ci­sion not to pros­e­cute wasn’t a cor­rupt cover-up but a pro­fes­sional judg­ment that the ev­i­dence he had then didn’t jus­tify it. Whether new ev­i­dence will change that judg­ment or not we will pre­sum­ably find out — but not by mak­ing up our minds be­fore we know the facts, or by dis­re­gard­ing the rule of law.

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