Coakley and the Amiraults

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In the comment thread about Gitmo, I was asked about Coakley's support of keeping the Amiraults behind bars.  I don't want to respond there, because "Tu quoque" is not adequate in this situation . . . but it reminded me that I had indeed wanted to blog about the visceral disgust I feel for her actions.  It is understandable when prosecutors err on the side of believing cops and colleagues over criminals . . . but the Amirault case went far beyond that. 

By the time Coakley was involved, it had become abundantly clear to anyone who was able to read beyond a third grade level, and also not living in a cave, that what happened to the Amiraults was one of the worst miscarriages of justice in the last twenty years.  Either Coakley was genuinely unable to divine this, or she was willing to cut deals to keep an innocent man behind bars in order to advance her political career.  Either way, she's unfit for office, and while I can understand liberals who are willing to look the other way in order to pass health care reform, I am genuinely unable to fathom how anyone calling themselves a liberal could actually bring themselves to ratify this behavior.

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Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

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