Someone Needs to Explain the Meaning of Due Process to Alyssa Milano...In the Meantime, She Should Just 'Stay in Her Lane'

 

Why do folks in Hollywood think that appearing in a movie or a television show suddenly qualifies them to pass judgement on topics they know nothing about?

Following Thursday’s House vote to pass the impeachment inquiry resolution, she sent out the following tweet.

The Republicans keep screaming, “due process”!

Literally 100% of the GOP members of the house voted AGAINST due process today in the #ImpeachmentVote.

IMPEACHMENT IS DUE PROCESS.

It was surprising to me that many of her fans/followers agreed with her.

Someone needs to explain to Milano that she has it backwards.

According to Wikipedia, The meaning of due process is:

The legal requirement that the state must respect all legal rights that are owed to a person. Due process balances the power of law of the land and protects the individual person from it. When a government harms a person without following the exact course of the law, this constitutes a due process violation, which offends the rule of law.

The Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution each contain a Due Process Clause. Due process deals with the administration of justice and thus the Due Process Clause acts as a safeguard from arbitrary denial of life, liberty, or property by the government outside the sanction of law.

Due process applies to all U.S. citizens and lately, even to some non-citizens. There is one individual in America, however, who is not entitled to this right.

That would be President Trump.

Due process would allow the President to have counsel present at his impeachment hearings. His lawyer would be able to cross-examine witnesses for the prosecution and to call their own witnesses.  It would allow direct access to case documents and hearing transcripts.

Due process would entitle him to face his accuser, the whistleblower, who is no longer anonymous, except to the mainstream media.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke to reporters prior to Thursday’s vote and said, “They have denied President Trump basic due process and are cutting his counsel out of the process in an unprecedented way. House Democrats’ new resolution does not change any of that. The draft resolution that has been released does nothing of the sort. It falls way short, way short.”

Democrats keep repeating the phrase, “No man is above the law.” It would be nice if they would recognize the President is not “below” the law either.

Explaining the definition to Milano would likely make little difference. The only way she would truly understand the concept would be if she were accused of a crime and was, for some reason, denied it.

In the meantime, as one twitter user advised, “You really don’t understand the term, so maybe stay in your lane, okay?”