I observed Washington’s birthday by participating in a Federalist Society telephone forum on the American justice system with two other panelists.(Snip)These are, in the briefest synopsis, that American prosecutors win 99.5 percent of their cases, a much higher percentage than those in other civilized countries; that 97 percent of them are won without trial, because of the plea-bargain system in which inculpatory evidence is extorted from witnesses in exchange for immunity from prosecution, including for perjury; that the U.S. has six to twelve times as many incarcerated people per capita as do Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan
Dr. John Natale, a cardio thoracic surgeon, had the justice department try to extort money and admit to Medicare fraud. He would not comply...he would not admit to the false charges. The government, under Patrick Fitzgerald, spent millions to prosecute an innocent man, a good surgeon and Doc. The jury found him INNOCENT...but the judge sent him to prison anyway and took away his medical license.
This Doc is one of the very best. Never lost even one patient on the table...saved patients when large aneurysms burst....not one single atient ever sued this guy..prett unusual in out litigous society. Yet he sits in prison...so Sebelius, Holder and Obama can BS the people that Obamacare works and they are getting those rich money grubbing rotten Docs who take your tonsils out for no reason....Disgusting!
Where are the people objecting...Sir Thomas More should come to mind....When they come for you...there will be no one left to object... Stand now...before these thugs amass every bit of power.
That unfairly prosecuted Black writes this column is worth noting.
From another Doc, part of the American Assoc of Physicians and Surgeons...if I knew how to post this at Lucianne I would...if another LDotters can. Please do.
Conrad Black is anything but a paragon of virtue himself. Some of his convictions were overturned on appeal. But not all of them. In his biography you can find that he had a rather checkered academic background. Lots of disciplinary and expulsion incidents. Black has been at variance with the rules for all his life. His academic problems all occurred in his native Canada. They were not the fault of the U.S. legal system. He´s kind of whiney.
Having noted all that...
Prosecutors are often dishonest. There should be no prosecutorial immunity. They should be held to either the same -- or higher -- standards as the public.
People do not trust gummint, including because prosecutors cannot be trusted.
Regarding crime statistics and incarcerations... One percent or two percent criminality of the population would mean in our nation of over 300 million that 3-6 million would be convicted and imprisoned. Not a big deal. Sounds normal to me.
If the crime rate here is not ZERO, then not enough are in prison, obviously. It doesn´t matter what other nations do. We have many minorities who are crime-prone.
We do have too many lawyers. They are not competent or honest, all too often. There is corruption throughout American society and life. In medicine, education, politics, the law, drug production (Big Pharm), etc.
I seriously doubt Conrad Black is the person to lead us out of this wilderness.
Conrad Black is eminently qualified to talk about prosecutorial mischief, witness bullying and immunity, and being railroaded by the American ´justice´ system. He has experienced all of it, first hand, in the Chicago court system where his "persecutor" was none other than Patrick Fitzgerald...of "Scooter" Libby infamy.
To read about the quality of Conrad Black, and the travails he suffered through at the hands of the American ´justice´ system, go here:
Re: post #1," the Jury found him innocent but the Judge sent him to prison anyway." Hey pal, get back on your medication quickly!!! Re: post #2, Black is a hustler, plain and simple, and always has been. "Conservatism´ is a convenient vehicle for ilk like him (and Murdoch) to play the sympathy card when they get caught w/their pants down. Black is trash.
#5. T&J; you´re entitled to your opinion of Black but many demur, including me. Now while I may well be, unwittingly ´prejudiced and ignorant´ about Black; I´m neither a ´tool of Obama nor a low information voter´. Let me suggest that you choose your slanders more carefully.
SO, the process whereby "...the plea-bargain system in which inculpatory evidence is extorted from witnesses in exchange for immunity from prosecution." Actually means that the guilty walk so the presecutors can use this tactic to get more political points (runninf for office is so much fun...) going after the big fish (1 person) while hundreds of criminals keep walking the streets plying their trade.
So when does the actual cost of letting criminals walk come home to roost? I know, never!
The fourth-grader at Explorer K-8 School stood silently on Sept. 11, hands by his side, as his classmates recited the Pledge of Allegiance. A Jehovah´s Witness forbidden from worshiping objects, the boy´s behavior was not unusual. He had never joined his peers in the ritual of placing his right hand on his heart. He had never spoken the words: "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands ... ." But that morning was different.
In 1996, as California voters considered whether to make theirs the first state to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes, they were warned that they were on the verge of creating a grim wasteland from which they might never escape.(Snip) That was 17 years ago, and today, it´s clear that the critics were under the influence of some hallucinogenic substance. As a way of destroying the California way of life, Proposition 215 has been a bust. In one respect, the opponents were right: The program is so lenient that getting medical marijuana is easy for anyone claiming
BLETCHLEY, England — A founding father of the modern computer, Alan Turing devised a machine that unraveled the enigma of Nazi codes and aided the defeat of Adolf Hitler. Convicted of homosexuality after World War II and sentenced to chemical castration, Turing — an avid fan of the film “Snow White” — was found dead in 1954 from cyanide poisoning, a bitten apple by his bedside.(Snip) Responding to a campaign by laureates such as Cambridge physicist Stephen Hawking, the British Parliament is moving toward granting Turing a posthumous pardon.
Yet another mass shooting, and flags fly across the country at half-mast to mourn the 13 dead at the Washington Navy Yard—well, 12 of them, anyway, since one of the bodies was that of the murderer. Gun control advocates wasted no time in demanding new restrictions on the means of self-defense. Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), who used to carry a pistol for her own defense, responded to the crime by saying, "Congress must stop shirking its responsibility and resume a thoughtful debate on gun violence in this country. We must do more to stop this endless loss of life.”
As Americans obsess over NSA spying, abuse by the IRS and other assaults on our freedom, I can´t get my mind off the thousand other ways politicians abuse us. In their arrogance, they assume that only they solve social problems. They will solve them by banning this and that, subsidizing groups they deem worthy and setting up massive bureaucracies with a mandate to cure, treat and rescue wayward souls.(Snip)It´s true that some Americans destroy their lives and their families´ lives by using drugs. Others struggle with addiction. But if illegal drugs are as horrible and addictive as we´ve been told,
Earlier this year, Bobby Jindal, the GOP governor of Louisiana, surveyed the wreckage of Mitt Romney’s sad-sack presidential campaign and told his fellow Republicans that if they ever want to capture the White House again, “we must stop being the stupid party.” While Michele Bachmann’s decision not to run for a fifth term helps the party out on that score, a new report from the College Republican National Committee (CRNC) strongly suggests that another tack would be even more successful: The GOP should embrace its small, youthful, and increasingly influential libertarian caucus that focuses
Here they go again. The Obama administration has asked its allies in Congress to introduce legislation that would permit the feds to continue their march through the Fourth Amendment when it comes to obtaining private information about all of us. The Fourth Amendment, which guarantees the right to be left alone, was written largely in response to legislation Parliament enacted in the colonial era that permitted British soldiers to write their own search warrants and then use those warrants as a legal basis to enter private homes. The ostensible purpose of doing that was to search through the colonists´ papers
I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
One of President Obama´s chief political assets has been his ability to excite young people like almost no politician in history. But the days of America´s youth fawning over the president are over. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public´s. Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.
Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
A stunning new study unveiled on Fox News´ Hannity finds that President Barack Obama’s White House calendar records just one face-to-face meeting between Obama and his Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the more than three-and-a-half years leading up to the disastrous Obamacare launch. The startling statistic comes from a new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) analysis of Obama’s own official White House calendar, as well as the Politico presidential calendar, and raises new questions about Obama’s executive leadership and management throughout the implementation of his singular legislative achievement. More alarming still, the president’s schedule lists 277 private
[Video] President Obama on Wednesday declared that addressing income inequality would be the focus of “all” of the White House’s efforts “for the rest of my presidency.” In a sweeping address that touched on raising the minimum wage, investing in infrastructure and ending tax breaks for the wealthy, Obama warned that the American economy has become “profoundly unequal,” declaring economic mobility the “challenge of our time.” “The combined trends of increasing inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe,” he said in an hour-long
Just over two weeks ago, MSNBC host Martin Bashir delivered a harsh piece of commentary that culminated in the suggestion that someone should “s-h-i-t” in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin‘s (R-AK) mouth. Bashir offered an abject apology on his next broadcast, but a chorus of critics continued to demand action against the host. After a reported “vacation” for the host earlier this week, Bashir announced, Wednesday afternoon, that MSNBC and Martin Bashir are parting ways. Here’s the statement from Martin Bashir, via email: After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday. Upon
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