Hansen Unplugged: Guilty until proven innocent at TCU

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by DALE HANSEN

WFAA

Posted on February 15, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 13 at 6:17 PM

Now, I'm not a lawyer, but I've watched every episode of Law & Order at least three times. Sometimes four.

I have a judge who is one of my very best friends.

So obviously, I know a great deal about the law.

I'm trying to find out what happened to "innocent until proven guilty."

The football players accused of selling drugs at TCU have been kicked off the team and out of school, and they've been convicted of exactly what? I find it strange that we are so quick to condemn the athlete who sells the drug, then stand and cheer when the athlete who uses the drug returns from rehab.

It's a double standard that has been in play in America for too long. The only reason somebody sells an illegal drug is because somebody is willing to buy an illegal drug.

And yet, the user is never kicked off a team, never kicked out of school - only the one who sold it. And they are guility until proven innocent.

It's not the way they did it on Law & Order, and not the way it's supposed to be in America, either.

E-mail dhansen@wfaa.com

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