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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Guilt by least resistance

The path of least resistance may work well for electricity, but not so much for public figures.

In another case of "I pleaded guilty but didn't really mean it," the former executive director of the Fargo-Moorhead Humane Society says she pleaded guilty to an animal mistreatment charge this week "just to put it behind me," The Forum reports.

Sound familiar? Maybe I'm being simplistic here, but if you don't think you're guilty, don't plead guilty. And if your goal is to "put it behind you," a criminal conviction in the Internet age is pretty much the worst imaginable choice. As Sen. Larry Craig showed us, you can't ever take it back.

I posit three explanations for this type of behavior: 1) They don't listen to their lawyers. 2) They don't have lawyers. 3) They don't grasp how easily information travels these days.

Feel free to add your own.

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