I do agree this particular accuser being a public figure with ties to those hostile to Franken merits extra scrutiny. However, I was confused by your:
“They also know that things done in our youth that were understood to be part of the times can be viewed now as unacceptable. This is what happened to Al Franken and he should not be lumped in with lifetime sexual attackers or abusers because of it.”
As much as may want to believe 50s are the new 30s, Franken was about 55 when this alleged incident occurred, so I’m not sure that he squeezes by with the youthful indiscretion excuse.