Don’t write Moore off yet

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

If Repub­li­can Se­nate nom­i­nee Judge Roy S. Moore sex­u­ally abused four women and one was only 14 years old at the time, he should with­draw from the U.S. Se­nate race im­me­di­ately. But that’s a big “if.” Af­ter be­ing si­lent for more than 30 years — dur­ing which time Mr. Moore ran for many of­fices — th­ese women are ac­cus­ing Mr. Moore now, when it is too late un­der Alabama law for an­other Repub­li­can to be put on the bal­lot. If he with­draws, the elec­tion of a Demo­crat is guar­an­teed. That smells.

In the early 1960s, I was the sta­tion le­gal of­fi­cer at Marine Corps Air Sta­tion in Beau­fort, South Carolina. The wife of one Marine ac­cused an­other Marine of rap­ing her. The ac­cused said the sex was con­sen­sual. I asked the woman if she would take a lie-de­tec­tor test and she said yes. Af­ter the test showed likely de­cep­tion on her part, she cried and ad­mit­ted she had lied be­cause an­other Marine had seen her lover leave her house early in the morn­ing. She lied to save her mar­riage. A year later the wife of an­other Marine al­leged rape. Again, af­ter a failed lie-de­tec­tor test, she also ad­mit­ted she had lied.

Mr. Moore should ask the FBI to sup­ply a lie-de­tec­tor ex­am­iner to test him. He should of­fer to pay for the ex­am­iner to give tests to the four ac­cus­ing women, too.

CARL H. MID­DLE­TON Ar­ling­ton

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