Leading Article: No cause for celebration
Wednesday 17 June 1998
But whatever we might think about Louise Woodward's guilt or innocence, and however relieved many people will be that she is on her way home, we should never forget that a tiny child died. Ms Woodward remains, in the words of the Massachusetts Supreme Court, a "convicted felon". Manslaughter may be a lesser charge than murder, but it is still a conviction for causing the unlawful death of another. The whooping cheers of joy in her home town when her conviction was originally quashed turned many stomachs. Relief is one thing, exultation is quite another. Louise Woodward will have to begin the rest of life today. If she - and her parents - have any sense, they will damp down the more over-the-top celebrations that mark her return.
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