In light of the state attorney general’s recent, successful arguments against paying Gyronne Buckley the $460,000 that the Arkansas State Claims Commission said Buckley deserved because he’d spent more than 11 years in prison due to a conviction obtained by bad behavior on the part of state officials, we think an exercise parsing Dustin McDaniel’s logic may help him think a bit straighter.
1. As you have never been convicted of a crime, when you get out of bed in the morning, are you guilty?
Careful. We know you’re our state’s top prosecutor and that “could be” jumps right to mind. But remember you represent the law and this is a legal question. We suggest “no” for the right answer.
2. If a police officer looks at you but concludes you’ve done nothing wrong, did you get off on a “technicality”?
Slippery question, we know. Hint: the answer is “no.”