- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.
The Air Force officer has been thoroughly trashed by the entire U.S. media, so it is worth pointing out that an American jury found him not guilty. He was a hot grabby mess that night, people testified. But even so, the jury said he didn’t do what he was accused of doing.
Good for the jury system. We tend not to dwell on it because it isn’t politicized, but the more I see of it, the more I think it is the cornerstone of our democracy. Citizens, drawn from all walks of life, decide who is guilty and who walks.
Speaking of juries, one in Cleveland found a guy guilty of running another fraudulent veterans’ group, the U.S. Navy Veterans Association. Oddly, I think he looks like a dissolute version of Paul McCartney. Which might be a better version than someone trying to pretend he is still cute and in his 20s.
John Hudson is a staff writer for Foreign Policy where he chases down stories from Foggy Bottom to the White House, the Pentagon to Embassy Row. Between 2009 and 2012, John covered politics and global affairs for The Atlantic Wire. In 2008, he covered the August War between Russia and Georgia for Salon.com and other news outlets. Over the years, he's dug up resignation-causing FEC documents; unmasked world-famous Internet trolls; exposed bizarre Photoshopping by government media; and revealed a secret Iranian military facility. John's weakness is cold craft beer from his birthplace of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He's appeared on MSNBC, BBC, C-SPAN, Fox News radio, and other broadcast outlets.| Passport |