Did Braun escape on a technicality? Perhaps, but if he is truly innocent as he convincingly claims, isn't that the purpose of having "technicalities" written into law? Braun is now "free" — whether it was ultimately right or wrong — and he has to live with whatever the truth is, something perhaps only he knows. He'll have to listen to the taunts at road games and the lingering doubts in the media, and he can choose to handle them as he wants. If he is innocent, everyone is better for it because the appeal system, as it was intended, worked.