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AF LTC found not guilty, but thumbs down for a fraudulent fundraiser for vets

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 ...

U.S. Air Force/Arlington County Police
U.S. Air Force/Arlington County Police
U.S. Air Force/Arlington County Police

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.

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.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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