How many people -- men and women -- that are accused of sexual misconduct are innocent? Why aren't each of the accused accorded their Constitutional right to due process? How much inappropriate behavior, perhaps behavior that was tolerated at the time, has been dredged up and made public? And, as a result of the lack of a fair hearing, how many lives have been ruined? For a few of the accused, like Harvey Weinstein and Larry Nassar, the overwhelming number of women providing "testimony" in public lends every charge legitimacy. But many others find themselves tarred with the same brush as these two monsters. To me there is a decided difference between committed sexual predators like Weinstein and Nassar and basically decent people who have committed egregiously bad behavior but without engaging in a pattern repeated over the years, like Al Franken, whose ouster from the Senate is a terrible loss for the Democrats and, I think, for the country. He should at least have had a hearing before the Senate Ethics Committee. A woman commenting on a local public radio panel said that Moore's accusers would not have come forward if their experiences weren't true. As much as I despise Roy Moore -- and I think he is a despicable human being -- I don't know that I agree with her; why should decades-old accusations support the venom poured on him now for that behavior. His opponents latched onto an issue they felt would prevent his election to the Senate and ended up with a winning strategy. I struggle with the issue of due process for everyone when I'm with people who seem to think that every public figure who is accused of sexual misconduct is guilty. I don't see how one can believe in the Constitution and not also believe that every one of us is due her or his day in court. 

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