- - Thursday, February 6, 2020

In “President Trump acquitted but not exonerated” (Web, Feb. 5), former Judge Andrew Napolitano opines that President Trump must be guilty because he refused to testify in the House’s trial to impeach him. I always thought Judge Napolitano was an intelligent and fair man, but now I realize that he is a starry-eyed legal Pollyanna. Since when is a defendant’s refusal to participate in a kangaroo court that refuses to allow the defendant to call witnesses or have a lawyer present proof of guilt? It reminds me of TV police dramas in which police keep a “perp” in a small room and attack him with innuendo and lies until they can force him into saying something incriminating.

It was obvious from the start that the House of Representatives intended to beat the president up in secret for hours with leading questions until it could find one statement they could claim was a lie and therefore impeachable. The House never had any evidence of malfeasance but wanted to rope the president into a wrongdoing it considered an impeachable offense.

If Judge Napolitano would condone sitting as a judge in such a case, he is not the man I thought he was.

JACK DUCKWORTH

Burke, Va.



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