On Clinton emails, follow fact, not emotion
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.