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News reports on accusations that Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings co-pilot, purposely brought down Flight 9525 over the French Alps have rushed to convict him.

“Andreas Lubitz (27), the Amok Pilot,” ran a banner headline in Bild, Germany’s most popular tabloid. “Killer in the Cockpit,” screamed London’s Daily Mail. But The Independent went it one better: “Mass Murder from the Cockpit.” Other tabloids offered more in that vein: “madman,” “jilted pilot,” “why on earth was he allowed to fly?”

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