I am so angry today (not that this is anything new at this point really, but…) and I am generally helpless to do anything about it. Innocent until proven guilty? Ha!
This essay first appeared in Cliterati on June 15th; I have modified it slightly to fit the format of this blog.
During the reign of the Emperor Julian a man named Numerius, who was governor of Narbonensis (what is today southern France), was accused of embezzlement by one Delphidius; because Numerius was a high official his trial was presided over by the Emperor himself. Numerius’ defense consisted entirely of denying his guilt, but since Delphidius had no actual evidence this was enough. When it became clear that his attempts to trick Numerius into self-incrimination had failed, and that the charge would fail with them, Delphidius cried out, “Oh, illustrious Caesar! If it is sufficient to deny, what hereafter will become of the guilty?” Julian’s famous (and quotable) reply was, “If it suffices to accuse, what will become of the innocent?”
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