Saturday, July 27, 2013

"I Should Have Asked for a Lawyer"

Shakespeare suggests that in order to form a tyranny, one of the first steps is to kill all the lawyers. The Wall Street Journal reports on the attempt to force a conviction of sexual assault against a West Point cadet. He was acquitted of the sexual assault charge, but convicted of perjury because he went back and corrected a sworn statement he had made early in the investigation.

After the court-martial panel read its verdict, Mr. Cromartie took the stand in the proceeding's sentencing phase to show remorse for the misstatement: "I should have reviewed my statement thoroughly. I just skimmed it and it was my fault," he testified. "I should have asked for a lawyer."

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