From the Los Angeles Times:

Watergate felon and prison reformer Charles W. Colson, who died Saturday at age 80 in northern Virginia, was two people.

He was Richard Nixon’s “hatchet man,” the president’s “evil genius,” who by his own admission was “ruthless in getting things done” in the Watergate years, when the things that he and others in the White House were getting done would become a national disgrace and send Colson to prison.

And he was a born-again Christian, the founder of the world’s largest prison ministry, an “unfailingly kind but tremendously courageous” intellectual leader who became the “William F. Buckley” of the evangelical movement.

He hurt many people during his life. Though we won’t sugarcoat that fact, our thoughts go out to those who loved him.