Tuesday, January 24, 2012

American (in) justice system

In yet another display of just how corrupted and backwards our criminal (in) justice system truly is, take a look at this example from right here in San Diego:

Carolyn Y. Smith and Dante Dayacap, the former Southeastern Economic Development Corp. officials at the center of a clandestine bonus scheme exposed by voiceofsandiego.org, won't go to jail for their crimes.
Instead of going to prison where they belong, these two officials fraudsters will simply have to complete community service and pay back a tiny portion of the money they looted from the Southeastern Economic Development Corp. The article continues:
Combined, they'll have to pay restitution of $435,018.36. They'll repay the city of San Diego at the rate of $100 per month — which amounts to $1,200 annually each. At that rate, the money won't be repaid until the year 2193. Both are on probation for five years.

In a lengthy statement, Judge Edward Allard III laid out his reasoning for not imposing the jail time the prosecutors had asked for. He said the defendants had already suffered significantly, losing their careers, incomes and reputations.

"By their pleas, they have now been held accountable," he said. "I think it rings out loud and clear to other individuals in similar positions to the defendants, that if they choose to ignore the law and perpetrate an economic crime, they will, in fact, be accountable."
Exactly how these corrupt officials will be held accountable is up for debate. It appears they won’t be paying back anywhere near the amount of money they illegally defrauded, and will not go to jail. Oh sure, they lost their reputation I suppose, but the fact of the matter is that they were in no way punished for their illegal behavior. And this is par for the course here in America these days. If you’re a banker, politician, important “official”, or otherwise connected individual, you can commit the most blatantly egregious crimes, lie about it, and live a life of luxury. Any charges brought against you will be either dropped or rendered meaningless, which was just demonstrated here in San Diego.

On the other hand, if you’re out to expose (rather than engage in) crimes, corruption, or wrong-doing on the part of the government or military, ie. whistle blowing, the entire federal Justice system will be brought down against you, and you will be made an example of.

Glenn Greenwald today discusses three recent legal cases to further illustrate the nature of the American (in) justice system, and makes “The Rules of American Justice” crystal clear:
(1) If you are a high-ranking government official who commits war crimes, you will receive full-scale immunity, both civil and criminal, and will have the American President demand that all citizens Look Forward, Not Backward.

(2) If you are a low-ranking member of the military, you will receive relatively trivial punishments in order to protect higher-ranking officials and cast the appearance of accountability.

(3) If you are a victim of American war crimes, you are a non-person with no legal rights or even any entitlement to see the inside of a courtroom.

(4) If you talk publicly about any of these war crimes, you have committed the Gravest Crime — you are guilty of espionage – and will have the full weight of the American criminal justice system come crashing down upon you.
That, in a nutshell, is the American (in) justice system.  Full scale immunity for the top level criminals (at the local, state, and national level); prosecution to the fullest extent of the law for everyone else.  

4 comments:

  1. News from Camp Pendleton, just north of San Diego.

    "A Marine sergeant who led a squad that killed 24 unarmed Iraqis avoided serving any time Tuesday for his role in one of the darkest chapters of the Iraq war, winning leniency through a plea deal that carried no real punishment beyond a reduction in rank."

    http://theuglytruth.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/marine-to-serve-no-time-in-iraqi-killings-case/

    Figures.

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  2. Just starting another fire.
    Like they always have.
    And then lying about it.
    As always....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFTLKWw542g&feature=related

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  3. Count the jews.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPAv8q0bTeg&list=UUnnt8AMJP5IiPHxvTLM68Rg&index=41&feature=plcp

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  4. Combined, they'll have to pay restitution of $435,018.36. They'll repay the city of San Diego at the rate of $100 per month — which amounts to $1,200 annually each. At that rate, the money won't be repaid until the year 2193. Both are on probation for five years.

    In a lengthy statement, Judge Edward Allard III laid out his reasoning for not imposing the jail time the prosecutors had asked for. He said the defendants had already suffered significantly, losing their careers, incomes and reputations.


    Like the saying goes, "A good lawyer knows the law, a great lawyer knows the judge."

    That's one helluva sweet deal.

    Good thing they weren't caught possessing some marijuana, or they'd be in REAL trouble.

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