Stephen Waguespack

Government spending’s burden of proof

In the United States, an individual is considered innocent until the government proves them guilty by a specified burden of proof.
The rationale for this fundamental principle seems clear: an individual’s right to freedom is sacred and government must have a clear argument and strong body of evidence to restrict or remove it entirely. Most folks consider this concept a no brainer in relation to the criminal or civil code as a reasonable limit on the power of government from easily overtaking the rights of the individual.

Michelle Makin

Fighting for the falsely accused

Former Fort Worth, Texas, police officer Brian Franklin is finally free. But he is still fighting to clear his name.
“I’ve been vindicated,” he told me in an interview last week, “but not yet exonerated.” Franklin served 21 years in prison — a harrowing 7,700 days — of a life sentence after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in 1995. But he steadfastly maintained his innocence, studied law in the prison library and won a reversal of his conviction last spring. In December, a jury acquitted him after a second criminal trial.

William Murchison

2 sides to the immigration brouhaha

No one gets anywhere by trying to roll Donald Trump’s immigration order and its varied implications into a spitball for hurling hard and fast at the Other Side.
That is not to split the difference, in namby-pamby fashion, between supporters of the present immigration freeze and those Americans who, like Nancy Pelosi, claim to see tears trickling down the Statue of Liberty’s cheek. The present matter, may it please the court, is too grave for sweeping claims of the sort the Twitter age has raised almost to Shakespearean dignity.

Turnaround Time in America

Like him or not — and I can argue it both ways — established constitutional processes have hoisted Donald J. Trump atop the presidential plinth, where he stands now, getting ready to run things, insofar as anybody runs anything anymore.
The latter point — the semi-chaotic nature of 21st century social and political life — is one we might fix on as we figure out what we’re in for these next four years.


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