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Letter to the Editor
Monday, June 16, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The liberal news channels keep repeating the same warning about Sgt. Bergdahl: In America, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. That is a fine principle, but liberals apply it selectively.

Jerry Sandusky was found guilty by the media long before his trial. Joe Paterno, who did nothing wrong, was fired because of Sandusky's association to Penn State's athletic program.

The media convicted George Zimmerman long before his trial for killing black teen Trayvon Martin. President Obama declared him guilty too.

He was found not guilty, but the media, Obama and the black community think Zimmerman got away with murder.

Then there are political witch hunts, like the convictions of state Sen. Jane Orie and her sister, Justice Joan Orie Melvin, for campaign violations. The local media and Allegheny County Democrats declared them guilty before their trials.

The sisters broke the law, but I wonder how many politicians broke the same laws, but weren't punished. Let's go after some more politicians — even some Democrats.

What happened to innocent until proven guilty?

I do not know if Sgt. Bergdahl is innocent or guilty. I do know the cost to get him released was too high.

Obama should be held responsible personally if any American soldiers or citizens die as a result of the release of five Taliban terrorists. His actions were illegal and strengthened our enemy.

Is that an impeachable offense?

Kathleen Bollinger


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