The Senate sits in the trial on impeachment as both judge and jury. What should we expect of our Senators?
As judges, should they accept for trial a case in which the defendant was denied representation at the grand jury; the prosecution based charges on hearsay and the only eyewitness testified that no crime was committed; the prosecutor withheld information from the defendant and the trial court; alleged at trial crimes not specified in the charges; demanded surprise witnesses during the trial; then demanded that the defendant prove his innocence while giving up his rights under the fifth and sixth amendments to the Constitution? Of course not!
As jurors, could they possibly convict on such a presentation that violates nearly all our defendant rights and turns due process on its head? Of course not!
As defendants would they give up their rights guaranteed by the Constitution? I think not. Would you?
WILLIAM C DINCHER
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