John Romano column: Coincidences in redistricting case defy belief
Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano has a biting take on Florida's redistricting trial. An excerpt:
They want you to believe in coincidences. They want you to accept a few minor indiscretions. Mostly, they want you to trust them and ignore the pile of evidence.
To do that, you would have to accept:
1. That no one knows how pertinent emails were deleted.
2. That the collective amnesia claimed by witness after witness was believable.
3. That legislative assistants had no ulterior motives when swapping maps with Republican Party consultants weeks before they were released.
4. That it was entirely coincidental that a map supposedly submitted by a student at Florida State University was practically identical to a map drawn by a party consultant.
5. That nothing shady was going on even though the FSU student admitted he never actually drew a map and didn't know how his name ended up on it.
6. That it was a case of serendipity when the student ended up working for a company run by the House speaker's brother.
If you were being polite, you might say all of that sounds rather suspicious. If you were being realistic, you would say it stinks. For, in the end, this is a matter of trust.
Full column here.