What Va. Gov. Ralph Northam did was bad, but not a crime and he shouldn't be impeached
Feb 04, 2019 | 2:40 PM
Protesters demanding his resignation gather outside the governor's mansion in Richmond on Saturday, February 2, 2019 after a racist photo of Gov. Ralph Northam was found in his 1984 medical school yearbook.
There's a reason that we have a statute of limitations for many crimes. It's thought that for most crimes, a period of time in which the perpetrator lives an honest, productive life, usually seven years, should protect a person from prosecution.
That's not to say that it wasn't a bad thing to do. It was bad, but it wasn't a crime or a misdemeanor. Therefore, there's no written statute of limitations.
It is time to recognize that even for a distant history of racism, the subsequent life well-lived within the bounds of civility and racial tolerance should allow Governor Northam to be given credit for having become a good citizen.