Matt Drudge spins the statement as “Dean not ready to pronounce Osama bin Laden guilty.” Read the actual article for yourself and decide whether Drudge’s strange smear interpretation is justified.
“I’ve resisted pronouncing a sentence before guilt is found,” Dean said. “I still have this old-fashioned notion that even with people like Osama, who is very likely to be found guilty, we should do our best not to, in positions of executive power, not to prejudge jury trials. So I’m sure that is the correct sentiment of most Americans, but I do think if you’re running for president, or if you are president, it’s best to say that the full range of penalties should be available. But it’s not so great to prejudge the judicial system.”
And look for this right-wing smear interpretation to crop up all over the place.