Sex, Drugs & A Federal Prosecution
The shabby case against Dr. Bernard L. Rottschaefer
by Radley Balko - August 31, 2007 - Reason Magazine
When federal agents raided the Pittsburgh-area office of Dr. Bernard L. Rottschaefer, the resulting allegations came as a shock to the 63-year-old man's friends and family: Rottschaefer, the office of U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan alleged, had been writing prescriptions for anti-anxiety medication and opiate painkillers like OxyContin in exchange for sex.The war on drugs is an obscenity. A doctor who comitted no crime is convicted of prescribing drugs that are called excessive by a prosecutor with no reasonable claim to medical competence by the prosecutor. The doctor made no money on the drug sales. The charges that he received sex are clearly bogus, and when disproved the prosecutor simply ignores the doctors innocence and defends the prosecution anyway even though the doctor can have no reason to have prescribed the drugs improperly.
Rottschaefer's arrest came at the height of a nationwide moral panic over prescription painkiller abuse. His 2004 trial came just after the Orlando Sentinel newspaper had published a landmark series on abuse of the painkiller OxyContin, a series that inspired Congressional hearings and legislation across the country-and a series the newspaper later had to retract in its entirety, and for which the paper eventually fired an editor and reporter.
Our courts are bastions of incompetence and corruption. The contemptible actions of Durhan D.A. Nifong and his ilk are typical of a much larger number of prosecutors than the courts are willing to admit.
Legal Officials Respond
by Cal Bryant - August 15th, 2007 - Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald
The State of North Carolina vs. Terry Britton, that single line written across the top of a court document has generated more opinion that even the staunchest presidential debate.The accusations made by Britton were in the article By Amanda VanDerBroek titled Britton wants peace of mind .
The child abuse charges against Britton were dropped just prior to the case going to court last month in Northampton County, thus backing the defendant’s repeated proclamations of his innocence throughout the four-year ordeal.
Now with that legal freedom in hand, Britton lashed out against those he felt led him to experience the worst time in his life.
But, as they say, there are two sides to every story. With that in mind, the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, in all fairness, decided to give those to which Britton made allegations against a chance to respond.
The sad reality is that both of these articles are talking about the ongoing incompetence of our criminal justice system. This incompetence is caused by the arrogance of a judiciary that seeks PERFECT JUSTICE in situations where accusations are made by people with questionable motivations. Please note, this situation has been dragging on for four years. How can anyone think it takes that long to resolve something like this?
At its base though the problem is related to the question, who is not outraged by the possibility that a child has been harmed? Are you? Of course not. The problem arises because our court system grinds so slowly and so incompetently that false allegations take on a life of their own and innocent until proven guilty is lost in the confusion. I would like to point out a quote that Cal used as the closing for his article. One of the defendant's attorneys said “. . . . I felt comfortable about our chances of winning this case if it went to trial.”
This should frighten everyone who expects our system to work. All of the participants in our court system are geared to litigate everything. EVERYTHING. No matter how unreasonable or irrational. Issues no sane person would believe should be litigated still go to trial. How about the case of the "Judge" who sued his dry cleaners for $54 million for misplacing his pants for a couple of weeks? How did that ever go to trial?
There is a simple explanation. Read on.
The American Court System is the most corrupt and most incompetent system of idiocy and abuse that has ever been invented. Our nation, with a small percentage of the world's population, has over half the lawyers . Many of them are decent people outside of court. The system they are a part of is the most evil system ever invented.
This case against Terry Britton is typical of the McMartin Preschool case of twenty years ago. In that case a woman made a charge of child abuse where even the most cursory investigation would indicate credibility problems that should have given pause and ended the investigation. Before it was over, 7 innocent defendants were financially ruined for life. 3 senior citizens who had lived lives of exemplary dedication to children were driven into their graves by charges that were simply bizarre. Even after it was clear that no abuse had ever existed and Ray McMartin had been cleared of 39 of 52 charges, the District Attorney in that case insisted on a second trial to get a conviction on charges that were not credible. Nothing could stop the judicial meat grinder after it was started. As in the first trial Ray McMartin was not found guilty again. Incredible though, the reason he was retried was that a couple of jurors in the first trial insisted he be found guilty because "it might have happened". This happened in the second trial too. Our system calls this a "hung jury". Even though the majority of both juries found McMartin "not guilty", a couple of people on both juries were ready to send this man to jail because the supposed victims were children and "it might be true".
A prefect example of how stupid and incompetent our court system is came up in the McMartin case. The major accusation by many of the children in that case was that there was a hidden room under the McMartin Preschool where the abuse took place. The importance of this claim was that the McMartin Preschool was on a main street. It was a single large room with curtain less huge windows open to the street. Unless there was a secret room none of the accusations of abuse could have taken place. The Judge would not allow the concrete slab, which had clearly been there for years, to be dug up to settle the claim. After two years they dug up the slab. There was no possibility any hidden room could have ever existed. Hundreds of people watched the concrete slab being dug up. The evidence that no room had ever existed was proven beyond any doubt. The Judge would not allow this clear false testimony to be used to impeach the children on the claims of what happened in the room. Outlandish and ridiculous charges were allowed to be made by the same children whose testimony had been impeached by this charge being proved false. There was no place the abuse could have occurred.
Such idiocy is standard practice for our court buffoons.
District Attorneys will not clear people who are obviously not guilty. They move forward with arrogant disdain for the premise of innocent until proven guilty. They are unaccountable. That is why our system does not work. There are situations where the issues are not black and white. Where innocence or guilt cannot be determined by our courts. And yet no one in our court system will ever allow for the clear injustice that is resulting in these situations to stop the process. Judges and attorneys who are involved in such situations should not be immune from accountability.
This immunity does not lead to justice. It leads to the arrogance we see in this case. A man was financially destroyed by our court system. His outrage at that may mean he is not careful with his anger at the people who are beyond his reach. He is innocent but still financially ruined. I will bet he asked to meet with the D.A. and his attorney, knowing how the system worked, simply ignored his request. Seeing that the D.A. had lots of evidence that he was innocent, and still pursued him, should be reason enough for his rage.
However the representatives of the press, needing access to these government officials, still imply his rage is not justifiable. I guess you have to despise the court system as I do to have sympathy for the outrageous lack of justice in this case.
The Judge, the D.A., the prosecutor, the woman who filed the false charges and Britton's attorneys, in a decent system, would be accountable. Our system does not lead to justice. It grinds justice into dust.
by Ben Shapiro - August 8th, 2007 - Townhall.com
For the last half-century, the Supreme Court has consistently broadened protections for pornographers and child molesters. In 2002, the Supreme Court construed the First Amendment to protect virtual child pornography (Ashcroft v. The Free Speech Coalition, 2002) -- child pornography produced utilizing computer-generated minors. Striking down the Child Pornography Prevention Act of 1996, the Supreme Court gushed about the possible artistic, literary and social value of child pornography. "[T]eenage sexual activity and the sexual abuse of children have inspired countless literary works," blathered Justice Anthony Kennedy, author of the majority opinion, citing "Romeo and Juliet," "Traffic" and "American Beauty."The claim that because of literary merit in a story about two teenagers in love (Romeo and Juliet), pronography cannot be regulated by society as a whole, is absolutely the most bizarre claim that comes from the criminal coddling unelected tyrants of our corrupt court system. This literary work of several thousand words which indirectly suggests that first love can be overwhelming is equated with pictures of young children having sex with adults.
The Child Pornography Prevention Act of 1996, said the Court, was over-broad and unconstitutional. But the same could be said of the Supreme Court's obscenity-protecting interpretation of the First Amendment.
It is said by the judges that this protection is based on "constitutional rights". That is a lie. It is based on "criminal rights". To judges who are abandoning the "rule of law" for the "rule of judges", such distinctions are carefully ignored. Rights granted to criminals to empower the judiciary are always called "constitutional rights". The defense of pornography is all about court power and has nothing to do with our constitution.
Illegal Aliens Declare
War on the United States
by Douglas MacKinnon - August 1st, 2007 - Townhall.com
Just last week, thousands of illegal and legal Hispanics living in the county met to plan their response to the rule of law. Voting with raised fists, they decided to punish the county t[h]rough a boycott of non-immigrant businesses, a labor strike, and a lawsuit. Town by town, city by city, county by county, these illegal aliens and the far left lawyers that are eagerly facilitating their lawsuits, plan to chip away at the sovereignty of the United States. And as they do, many of our elected officials and leading “news” organizations, are cheerleading them on from the sidelines.It is amazing that anyone in America still thinks that our courts or the trial lawyers are composed of people who love America. Quite the contrary. The trial lawyers and our courts are composed to a great extent of people who hate our nation for various reasons. Whether their agenda is socialism, atheism, sexism, militant homosexuality or racism (as in this case for the Mexican race), they are dedicated to destroying our nation and replacing it with a new world ordered by judges. The unelected judicial tyrants are willingly complicit in making this happen. America is at war, and not just with Islamofascists.
Before the supporters of this illegal invasion demonize me, let me say again, that I am married to a Hispanic-American, I speak Spanish, and am not threatened one bit, by the culture.