Public Eye: Now for the Skate-Off

"Maybe I'll give her a hug. If she'll let me."

That's Tonya Harding speaking on Inside Edition, and praise be the gods of Olympus, Harding will get at least within hugging range of her rival and alleged victim, Nancy Kerrigan. This is not because Harding shouldn't be punished. If she participated in the plot to injure Kerrigan, neither underdog sympathy nor childhood deprivation, an excessive supply of stepfathers, failure to snag endorsement contracts or other bad breaks in life should keep her from being tried and serving time.

But why should the rest of us, who have focused feverish attention on...

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