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I don’t mind that people are upset about the ruling. Personally, I think he did it, and it would be great if he were convicted.

However, the institution in this case, is the legal system, and you can’t really judge it fairly outside of that context. I haven’t watched enough of the trial to say whether there was truly reasonable doubt — but I do think it’s irresponsible to claim that simply because he got off, that measure for conviction is somehow wrong.

Plenty of people have gotten off for crimes they committed. It’s the price we pay, and that we’re willing to pay, in order to make certain that we don’t convict innocent people. For a more nuanced legal explanation of the verdict, the NYT did a pretty good job.

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