So on the way home from synagogue today, my wife and I are talking about what happened to the renown Harvard constitutional and criminal lawyer, Alan Dershowitz.
He was accused of having repeatedly had sex with an underage woman (while he was married with children and grandchildren).
I explained to my wife not to believe these accusations, that in my mind, Dershowitz was upstanding and completely innocent, and that this could happen to anyone.
And I went on to tell a funny story from a day earlier…
I was at a retirement party for one of my staff who served the country for 51 years.
At the party, I am going around talking with people and helping to make everyone comfortable–until I didn’t.
One guy who was a retired manager and had come back to work as a contractor calls me over to his table to introduce me to his wife.
He’s motioning to her and saying how she is his most beloved wife.
And just joking around trying to keep a straight face, I say, “Hmm, she’s a lot different than the other woman I see you with every day.”
[Yeah, I don’t know what came over me (maybe a little too much drink–any drink is too much for this dry mouth).]
His wife, is like, “Ah ha! Some other woman in the office…”
And he’s leaning back, waving his hands and mouthing to me, “Shut up Andy!”
He goes, “Okay Andy, you just wait until I meet your wife!”
Then, we all broke out laughing…just Andy being a wise guy again!
So, I said to my wife, you see how easy it is for someone to make a false accusation (and how quickly people can be to think the worst of others).
It really is important to treat people as “innocent until proven guilty.”
As for Andy’s hijinks…I’m banned from any more parties for the next few weeks. 😉
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)