Re: OTHER Starship Captains - Symbolism, Foreshadowing & Plot Devices
Because to take the deal would seem to be an admission of guilt, or at least culpability. If innocent i'd put my faith in the Federation justice system, which might not exonerate me immediately, but hopefully in the near future justice would be served. (And it would have, as Finney would have had to eventually come out of hiding!)
"Well, here's one thing you can be sure of: leave any bigotry you may have in your cabin, there's no room for it on the bridge. Do I make myself clear?" - JTK, "Balance of Terror"