- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 16, 2000

Ray Lewis is innocent until proven guilty after purchasing his freedom with a $1 million bond.
But just to be on the safe side, hide the women and children, especially the women. At least three women in Lewis' past claim to have been assaulted by him.
Ravens owner Art Modell went to court to vouch for Lewis' character.
That's a good one, depending on your view of Modell as a trustworthy source.
Modell told Cleveland not to worry, either, while negotiating a sweet deal with Parris Glendening.
Modell received the combination to the state vault from Glendening, and Cleveland became a distant memory. Where's Cleveland anyway?
Modell called Lewis a "good citizen," which conflicts with what the prosecutors in Atlanta are calling the football player.
Lewis has been charged with the murder of two men, and it shouldn't be too long before his defense team drops the name of Mark Fuhrman.
His defense team already has dropped the name of Richard Jewell, the security guard who was accused wrongfully of being the bomber at the Atlanta Games in 1996.
America's legal system is hardly perfect, not even close, really, especially with so many attorneys inclined to pull a rabbit out of the hat.
You want the truth?
Attorneys can't always handle the truth, and here's to you, Barry Scheck.
"When things have settled a bit, I will pursue as my primary goal in life the killer or killers who slaughtered Nicole and Mr. Goldman," O.J. Simpson said on the day he was acquitted of the murders. "They are out there somewhere."
They are still out there somewhere, most likely on a golf course, where Simpson spends much of his time.
Go, O.J., go.
To hear the various parties before a judge tell it, Lewis is almost a man of the cloth.
"He's a good citizen for the Baltimore Ravens," Modell told the judge.
For the record, it was a bond hearing, although it sounded like a testimonial. If there had been enough time, Lewis probably could have picked up a citizenship award, along with his freedom.
What are the names again of the two men who were stabbed to death?
Lewis was in the vicinity of the victims. That much appears certain.
One side claims Lewis was actively involved in their demise. The other side claims he was trying to be a peacemaker, quoting St. Rodney King as he maneuvered to assuage the hard feelings.
Lewis certainly failed as a peacemaker, and you can't say much for how he chooses his friends either.
He doesn't even know their names. Authorities found this to be problem No. 1 during the initial phase of their investigation. Lewis was riding around in a limousine with companions he either met at a convenience store or picked up off the street.
This is the passenger list: Who's to the right of Lewis in the limousine, What's to the left and I Don't Know is across from him.
That means they could be good guys looking for an upscale ride or members of the Colombian cartel trying to avoid O.J.
So the police in Atlanta have two dead bodies and no bloody glove. They have at least one suspect who inspires praise from those who know him, with the exception of the three women who filed assault complaints against him. They have a case involving a mini-celebrity that is arousing the interest of the media.
Throats are being cleared. Distortions and half-truths are certain to follow.
Perhaps a parade was held at the crime scene. Perhaps the evidence is tainted. Forensic experts probably can show that mistakes were made on a lot of different levels of the investigation. The police targeted Lewis because he was a professional football player. He was easy. And so on.
None of this, of course, is raised to reveal the truth, only to show a reasonable doubt.
That's too bad for everyone, even Lewis, if he is innocent.
He has some explaining to do. He also needs to know who his friends are.

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