While I’m no fan of Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski who seems to have a troubled history of angry and violent outbursts, I must admit that I was surprised when news broke that he would be arrested for battery of former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields. Not because he didn’t do exactly as she said (which it now seems clear he did), or because he was dishonest about the altercation (turns out that he has lied repeatedly about what happened), but because the confrontation did not seem important enough to warrant police intervention.
Well, it seems that Fox News commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano agrees with my initial assessment, as he recently argued that while Lewandowski is obviously guilty of doing what Fields said he did, it is also clearly not a criminal act.
“This is the moral equivalent of being jostled in a subway. … Not every unconsented-to touching is a criminal event,” Napolitano said, before adding that the authorities “have no place getting involved.”
The judge did allow that Fields may have a civil case against Lewandowski but that a prosecutor should exercise their discretion here and dismiss the suit.
“The courts, prosecutors and police in Florida ought to have better things to do to maintain public safety and protect our rights and our property than this…This is a case that should be dismissed by the courts and never should have been filed in the first place,” Napolitano argued.
You can see the rest of what he had to say in the video below.
It remains to be seen if the legal authorities in Florida will eventually agree with Judge Napolitano and dismiss the case. For now the situation remains in flux and it should be a stain on Mr. Trump’s candidacy. However, the Trump campaign has already demonstrated a unique ability to not only deflect negative attention but to turn it into something positive. We’ll see if that happens here.
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