March 26th, 2008
04:33 PM ET

Put down that stone...

I don’t know what to say about all these sex scandals.  Spitzer and then Patterson here in New York, McGreevey next door in New Jersey, and now the mayor of Detroit, and of course the granddaddy of them all - my old boss, Bill Clinton.

When that happened, so many of my White House friends were ready to condemn a man to whom they'd professed loyalty only a day before. But not me. Cause I don't like to judge.  I was raised as a Christian and was always taught to judge not lest we be judged. And now, as a criminal defense attorney I presume folks innocent until proven guilty.

Even as a journalist, my job is to report the facts.  Not to judge them.  So here’s what I think. If public officials break the law for sex or for any other reason, then we should hold them accountable.  But if the mayor, governor, or even the President has some problem in his life that is purely personal, it’s none of our business.

Like the man said; “let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” 

– Jami Floyd, “In Session” Anchor/360° Contributor

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Mary in Oklahoma

    With 80% of adult males and 60% of adult females haveing sexual relations with someone other than a lawfully wedded spouse, why are so many people crying "FOUL"? Many famous Americans have been known to do this and nothing was said. The secret: Don't get caught.

    March 26, 2008 at 6:48 pm |
  2. Fay, CA

    As long as the public isn't being screwed by the actions of the politician they elected, why should it matter to anyone who the politician is... well, you get the idea...

    March 26, 2008 at 6:36 pm |
  3. deb in az

    jami you left out jfk one of the biggest womanizers of all the presidents in the white house.........

    March 26, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
  4. Tammy

    Amen!!! Doesn't the 12-step slogan "Live and Let Live" have any meaning to anyone anymore? I envision the day when we all mind our own business unless asked to share in another's stresses and then only offer support and encouragement and solutions (if we are qualified to offer solutions to a specific problem). How lovely that world would be!

    March 26, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  5. Naomi

    That's interesting. Last week on the Afternoon Buzz they asked a question like, "Is sin dead?". The first thing that came to my mind was "let him who has no sin cast the first stone." I was raised with a "stone thrower". I don't think she meant to be, but I suppose that was her way of surviving. As a result, I used to think that's what a Chrisitian was supposed to do. I never felt right about it, though. I felt like a class A hypocrite, but it was the only pattern I knew. Then I found scripture that deals strongly with judgement. In fact, the Bible deals as strongly with judging as with the "status quo sin list" we seem to have right now, i.e. homosexuality, abortion, adultry, etc. Maybe the next sin fads will be lying, jealousy, gossip, hatred, etc. I guess we'd have to give some people a break if we think about it like that, cuz that pretty much includes all of us.
    Anyway, ...what you said.

    March 26, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  6. Mischelle from Illinois

    Agreed! Like you said, if the LAW was broken – there should be consequences. If someone else was 'injured' – there should be consequences. But if it was a case of mere embarasement, and there was an embeleshment, WHO CARES.

    March 26, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  7. Joseph Kowalski, North Huntingdon, PA

    Exactly, Jami...but in addition to those who break some law while committing their transgression, their are those who are guilty of hypocrisy like Spitzer and most Republicans recently caught in a scandal and they too, should be held accountable by the public.

    But as long as all the people involved are consenting adults, then who are we to judge? Something like this shouldn't effect someone's public life at all. It's nobody's business.

    March 26, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  8. MARY

    AMEN BROTHER!!!!!!

    March 26, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  9. Ram

    I am very surprised to know that you do not know what to say. Certainly it is a big deal for the significant other because it hurts the other. For the rest of the world it is not a big deal. As long it is mutual & consensual & hurt no body, it is OK . This is one of the reasons God created male & female. It is natural.

    March 26, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  10. Cindy

    I am 100% with you on this one!! As long as they didn't break any laws what they do in their personal life is on them and their families. It has nothing to do with us!

    Cynthia, Covington, Ga.

    March 26, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  11. Derrick

    I don't really care about other peoples sex life, I have my own. But I do care about the big chunk of ice that fell of the glacier, which is the biggest sign of global warming.

    March 26, 2008 at 4:42 pm |