Cut Through the Manning Hyperbole

Cut Through the Manning Hyperbole

First, this headline is not entirely true. He will learn the findings of the judge (guilty or innocent of the charges to which he pleaded “not guilty.”). That will determine the maximum possible punishment. Then, the second phase of the trial begins, which determines sentence. The judge will have the authority to sentence him to anything from the maximum possible down to no punishment.

Talk all you want about what the actual punishment might be, we’re not yet close to that determination being made.

Second, this is an example of how we need to be cautious when reading headlines. While they should be a reasonable indicia of truth, they rarely are.