Put Roy Moore Out of His Misery

A generation ago a leading criminal defense attorney retained me to test arguments. The defendant — his client — was a California legislator accused of several counts of “unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.” In California this previously was called statutory rape. My survey probed a sample of voters, drawn from the particular county’s likely juror universe.
As I recount in my book Whiplash! From JFK to Donald Trump, a Political Odyssey, the most persuasive argument was that “the girls waited two years” before coming forward. Each day in the long trial the lawyer reprised what I predicted would be dispositive. After jurors found the accused politician not guilty, reporters asked them why. “The girls waited two years.”
Today we know many reasons why victims of sexual abuse and sexual assault “wait.” The least plausible reason is to upset an election. Roy Moore can attack the Washington Post all he wants. My

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