The evidence is in. The trial is over. The defendant must hang.
Not the American way. But The Times way.
The evidence is that produced by The Times. Not by any governmental agency charged with enforcing existing laws. Just the investigations of The Times.
Using that evidence, The Times has tried Supervisor Don R. Roth and found him guilty. Never mind that, except by The Times, he has been found guilty of nothing--or even charged with anything.
Thank goodness, The Times is not representative of the system of jurisprudence this country offers, a system of laws and evidence that many patriots have given everything to maintain and secure.
If Roth is guilty, he'll be out of office and, hopefully, in jail. But that is for a court of law to decide, not a decision by The Times.
RICHARD C. DOYLE, Santa Ana