Beyond a Doubt
Yesterday's "not guilty" verdict in the ubiquitous Michael Jackson child molestation case is really a bookend to the O.J. Simpson case. Celebrity in southern California apparently raises the legal standard in criminal cases from "beyond a reasonable doubt" to "beyond any doubt." But can anyone look at this mixed up figure and not discern that there is something desperately wrong? Parents, be warned: "Not guilty" is not the same thing as "innocent."