Due process requires a charge, a trial, a verdict & an appeal

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To The Daily Sun,

In response to Cathy Merwin's letter to the editor (http://laconiadailysun.com/index.php/opinion/letters/71502-cathy-merwin-9-13-216):

Cathy, you should really review your 3rd grade civics books. The attorney general doesn't determine guilt. They are a division of the executive branch of government and are entitled to their opinions as much as you are. You may recall, due process requires a charge, a trial, jury at demand, a verdict, and appeal at demand. All that said, no charge was ever brought against me by the attorney general because NO VIOLATION OCCURRED. If they thought they had a case, they would have invested the resources in a charge – but they did NOT!

This is rudimentary civics and your sarcastic, arrogant, and ill-informed letter is the case-in-point that you are a naive and uninformed American (with an opinion) — one who could probably contribute meaningfully to the political process if you actually read the and understood the state and federal constitutions. E-mail me if you would like me to provide you with a copy of them! My personal email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Josh Youssef