February 23rd, 2009
04:45 PM ET

Justice delayed

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Jami Floyd
AC360° Contributor
In Session Anchor

Apparently an arrest is imminent in the Chandra Levy case. The 24 year old had just completed an internship with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons when she went missing in May 2001 in Washington, D.C.

After her relationship with then-Congressman Gary Condit was revealed, Condit was all but convicted by the talking heads on the 24/7 cable news outlets and in the mainstream media too. Most appalling were the legal pundits, some of them lawyers, who seemed never to have learned about the presumption of innocence in law school.

Condit was never a suspect, but the misplaced spotlight ruined his career. More importantly, it distracted the rest of us from the truth.

Now, eight years later, prosecutors are finally planning to make an arrest in the case. The new suspect was convicted of attacking two women joggers in Rock Creek Park around the same time as the Levy murder and is now serving 10 years in prison. But he has previously denied any involvement in the Levy murder and he deserves the same presumption of innocence Gary Condit was denied.

Even more than for Mr. Condit, I feel for Chandra Levy’s family. For them, justice has been corrupted, convoluted and, for too long, denied.

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    February 24, 2009 at 9:04 am |
  2. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    I hope that this case can be laid to rest for the Levy family. We all knew that Condit never killed Chandra Levy--but his arrogance and self-centered behavior was his downfall. Instead of cooperating with law enforcement--he hindered and distracted from the investigation. Chandra Levy never deserved what happen to her--Condit--got everything that was due him.

    February 24, 2009 at 9:00 am |
  3. Annie Kate

    I hope they get the right person this time and that Mr. Condt's innocence is proclaimed as loudly as his supposed guilt was.

    February 23, 2009 at 9:43 pm |
  4. Joanne Pacicca, Solvay, NY

    My deepest sympathy to the Levy family.

    Sensationalism in the press ruined Condit, he must have lived with shame and remorse for all these years, with a mistake taking it's toll at the hands and mind of a common criminal and a social indiscretion.

    February 23, 2009 at 9:26 pm |
  5. Teresa

    Am I the only one feeling guilty for pointing the finger at Mr. Condit?
    Let's hope this story didnt break too soon and that they really do have the right perp. As a parent, I know finding the guilty party who harmed my child would mean the world to me.

    re: " all but convicted by the talking heads on the 24/7 cable news outlets and in the mainstream media too. " I so agree with you here. Over the past couple years, the media has been way too fast to try and come out with "breaking news" and sometimes we dont get the right story. By the time the REAL story comes out, we dont believe it because it isn't quite so horrendous as we first thought. And the damage has already been done.

    February 23, 2009 at 8:16 pm |