The presumption of innocence

03/27/2014 8:03 AM

03/27/2014 2:05 PM

Re "FBI sting arrests Yee," (Page A1, March 27): It is one thing for the media to trample the bedrock principle of the presumption of innocence, but it is another when our political leaders eviscerate it.

Shame on Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg for acting as judge and jury with respect to Sen. Leland Yee. Steinberg is empowered to remove Yee from committee assignments, and that action is certainly justified by Yee's arrest. But Steinberg's order to Yee to leave the Senate assumes Yee's guilt and leads others to do so.

Yee's guilt or innocence, can only be determined by a jury. We all need remember that principle, when we read about an arrest. Wouldn't you want that if it were yours?

-- Nancy Luque, Carmichael

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