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July 22, 2003
Re "Bryant Charged; He Admits Adultery but Denies Assault," July 19: As a teacher and basketball coach, I have witnessed the way young people view Kobe Bryant. To them, he is an idol and a hero. For the student who disliked reading, a book about Kobe often engendered an interest in a task that was previously considered banal. During a long basketball practice, Kobe was used as the example of work ethic, determination and defensive energy. Every free-dress day, the classroom was literally filled with oversized No. 8s. When I discuss this matter with my class, I will acknowledge that Kobe made a decision that was morally reprehensible but that we should withhold judgment on the criminal charge.
October 29, 2006
Regarding "Verdict against Lay is erased," Oct. 18: Our laws say that a person is innocent until proved guilty. The late Kenneth L. Lay was proved guilty by a jury of his peers. Therefore, it seems to me that now he is guilty until proved innocent. Julian Keithahn San Juan Capistrano
April 25, 1986
The heartbeat quickens. The throat tightens. The tears come. I'm reacting to the news of the U.S. attack on Libya. We have become that which we loathe and fear. Terrorists kill innocent people. We kill innocent people. God help us, I fail to see the difference. SKIP PEDIGO Huntington Beach
October 14, 1991
In the U.S. you are innocent until proven guilty. But in Senate confirmation hearings, you are guilty until proven innocent--especially if you have been nominated by a Republican President. ARTHUR MARX, Los Angeles
August 1, 1990
Fein's column is specious, if not a classic example of newspeak. Dreyfus was innocent; North, by his own admission, was guilty. DAVID M. SHERR Santa Monica
December 22, 1992
What an ironic abuse of terms in the headline, "The Rescue of Roe vs. Wade!" Rescuing has to do with saving lives. Abortion consists in destroying lives--innocent human lives! RALPH WEISHAAR Malibu
January 3, 2010 | By Scott Kraft
Everywhere he went in Freetown's ghettos, a dreadlocked young vocalist named Innocent heard the plea. People were fed up with lies, theft and corruption. This government had to go, they said, and they begged Innocent to speak out. So late one night, Innocent drove to Forensic Studios, a rundown pair of rooms on a clamorous downtown street. The sound engineer was asleep on an old sofa, and Innocent shook him awake. "Let's do something," Innocent said, "and release it tomorrow."
November 12, 2002
Eric Slater's "A Matter of Life and Death" (Nov. 8) should be required reading for every civil servant in America. His description of Illinois Republican Gov. George Ryan's painful soul-searching about the efficacy and fairness of the death penalty took me back more than 40 years to my own awakening in this regard. In one of our staff bull sessions, a conservative colleague at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business stopped all discussion of the matter by saying that he would be delighted to see 100 innocent persons put to death rather than have a single guilty one go free.
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