Crowe's feat

June 28, 1996

So how much has changed in the US in the 30 years since the foundation of London University's Institute of United States Studies, celebrated this week with a party at the US ambassador's Regent's Park residence? The ambassador, Admiral William Crowe, announced: "We have a legal system in which a man is presumed innocent until he is appointed to a job by the president." He redoubled the ensuing laughter by adding: "And that would be a lot funnier if it weren't true."

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