Friday, April 03, 2009

Prosecutors Gone Wild

by John Farmer - April 2nd, 2009 - New York Times

There is both good news and bad in the Justice Department’s decision to move to dismiss all charges against former Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, who had been convicted on seven felony counts of ethics violations. The good news is that Attorney General Eric Holder has done the right thing, acknowledging that his department’s Public Integrity Section, which handles corruption cases, committed egregious misconduct. The bad news is that the broader problem of prosecutorial excess remains unaddressed.

And at least one part of the problem is that there is no attempt by the press to get involved except when the press itself has a political motivation. There were people who complained about the sexual relationship between prosecutor and witness in the Stevens case, but no one except conservative blogs would even mention it. That was because the misconduct was by career DEMOCRAT prosecutors.

That refusal to cover the issue includes the bigots of the New York Times, who are publishing this issue without noting that all but one of the abuses they list in the article were committed by Democrats. During the campaign, while it was still possible to destroy a Republican Senator, they had no interest in publicizing the prosecutorial abuse in the Stevens case. They made note of the one Republican listed in this article though, leaving the impression that this was a problem created by George W. Bush. What hypocrisy.

Our courts are out of control and the Judges who should be stopping this abuse are part of the problem, not part of the solution. The press (that could help to publicize the abuse if they wanted to) are generally in favor of protecting the Democrats who are the prime abusers because they share a liberal agenda.


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