Scandalous trip deserves due process

04/01/2014 8:04 AM

04/01/2014 12:23 PM

Re "Capitol's scandalous trip need to be expelled, not suspended" (Viewpoints, April 1): I find I am in rare disagreement with Bruce Maiman. Specifically, his view that the three accused legislators should be fired, not suspended and kept on the state payroll.

While there is much to suggest guilt, it is not evidence until it has been heard in a court of law. Until guilt is lawfully determined, they are to be presumed innocent. We should not see keeping them on salary as a foolish expenditure. We should see it as upholding democratic principles.

Until and if convicted, they deserve everything the law can fling at them. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is to be admired for taking an unpopular position uncommon for a politician in affording the trio the process to which they are constitutionally due.

-- Steve Liddick, Sacramento

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