This crosses a really big line

The publication of the contents of Colleen Shipman’s email to Bill Oefelein was really uncalled for. Ms. Shipman is, as the saying goes, “free, white and over 21.” The man she wrote to is likewise unmarried, unattached and over the age of consent.

Lisa Nowak was over the age of consent, but she was also married. Yeah, I know that doesn’t mean a lot these days, but it still renders her just a little bit less justified in her jealousy.

What difference does it make what Colleen wrote to Bill, or what Bill wrote back to Colleen? They were involved with one another, and he had broken off his relationship with Nowak, who was married to someone else anyhow. End of public story.

Why is it I can’t walk in a doctor’s office and find out what the doctor wrote in the chart of my daughter, who is over 18, without my daughter’s written consent — but the Associated Press has the right to divulge Colleen Shipman’s romantic letters to her boyfriend?

What possible need was there for the airing of these personal messages? It has no bearing on the case that needed to be aired outside of a courtroom. Does she, by nearly becoming a victim, lose her right to privacy? Colleen Shipman and Bill Oefelein have done nothing wrong — aside from the possible moral offense of engaging in sex outside of marriage. Possible. We don’t know that they have, and we don’t need to know. Colleen Shipman was the intended victim here, not the batshit crazy married lunatic who hopped in her car for a 900-mile jaunt wearing a diaper and loaded for bear. Colleen Shipman is not the one awaiting trial, and the publication of her email to Bill Oefelein was irresponsible and contemptible, not to mention entirely unnecessary.

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