THE TONYAPHILE FORTNIGHTLY COGITARIUM

By JOE HARAN

TONYA HAD NO ROLE IN THE ASSAULT ON NANCY KERRIGAN
That's right, dear reader. In spite of the cliche which journalists love to repeat, our very own justice system has made it abundantly clear--to everyone but journalists themselves--that Tonya M. Harding had no prior knowledge of, nor any part in, the planning or execution of the assault on Nancy Kerrigan. Circumspect and thoughtful people within the United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA) should read the document which I have reproduced below.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE STATE OF OREGON FOR MULTNOMAH COUNTY
THE STATE OF OREGON, Plaintiff,
v.
TONYA MAXINE HARDING,
DOB: 11/20/1970
Defendant,C94-03-31872DA1023886
INFORMATION OF DISTRICT ATTORNEY ON WAIVER OF INDICTMENT
ORS 161.450/162.325
The above defendant is accused by this information of the crime of CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT HINDERING PROSECUTION committed as follows: COUNT 1 CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT HINDERING PROSECUTION (ORS 161.450(a) and ORS 162.325(d))
On January 10, 1994 in Multnomah County, Oregon, the defendant, and Jeffery Scott Gillooly and Shawn Eric Eckardt, did unlawfully, with the intent that conduct constituting the crime of Hindering Prosecution punishable as a felony be performed, agree with each other to engage in and cause the performance of the following conduct: to unlawfully, and with intent to hinder the apprehension, prosecution, conviction, and punishment of members of the conspiracy, persons who had committed crimes punishable as felonies, prevent and obstruct law enforcement personnel by means of deception, from performing an act or acts which might have aided in the discovery and apprehension of the said defendants, contrary to the Statutes in such cases made and provided and against the peace and dignity of the State of Oregon,
DATED this 16th day of March, 1994, at Portland, Oregon, in the County aforesaid.
MICHAEL D. SCHRUNK District Attorney Multnomah County, Oregon
//SIGNED//Norman W. Frink, OSB 77183 Deputy District Attorney
Security Amount: $
The District Attorney hereby affirmatively declares for the record, as required by ORS 161.565, upon appearance of the defendant for arraignment, and before the court asks under ORS 135.020 how the defendant pleads to the charges(s), the State's intention that any misdemeanor charged herein proceed as a misdemeanor.1 - INFORMATION OF DISTRICT ATTORNEY

That's right, dear reader.
That's the one and only thing Tonya is guilty of: something that happened on January 10, 1994. Not prior knowledge of the assault. Not helping plan the assault. Not taking part in the assault. If you want to confirm the accuracy of the above document, you can easily do so at the Multnomah County Courthouse in Portland, Oregon. It is, after all, a public record.
The USFSA, which arbitrarily decided to ban Tonya for life in spite of there being no evidence of wrongdoing to support or warrant such a decision, surely cannot be composed entirely of people who agree with the actions of its present-day leaders in this matter. To those within the USFSA who are fair-minded, I say: it is never too late to correct an injustice.
But it is getting later for Tonya.