Guilty Until Proven Innocent?

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

In the July 3 editorial on the government's $5.8 million settlement of the lawsuit filed by Steven J. Hatfill ["The Hatfill Case"], The Post excoriated the Justice Department and FBI for smearing Mr. Hatfill's reputation in its investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks, despite the fact that "the government had not filed a single charge against Mr. Hatfill."

So far, so good. But then the editorial added, "The settlement itself is also not proof of innocence."

Question: Since when, under our system of justice, does innocence have to be proved? With that throwaway line, The Post, it seems to me, has picked up the smear where the government left off.



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