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  •  I believe that legislative hearings can make (7+ / 0-)

    criminal referrals, can't they?

    If Darrell Issa thought he had uncovered something illegal in any of those investigations, wouldn't he have followed up?

    If he didn't . . . . . . OMG! He's part of the cover-up! Alert the media! We must investigate Issa's inadequate investigations!

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 06:26:13 AM PST

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    •  Even if a legislative body makes a referral to (3+ / 1-)
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      a prosecutor, prosecutors have no obligation to follow up with charges. The judgement of prosecutors is autonomous. Moreover, if they were to investigate to validate a case for criminal charges, that investigation would have to be conducted in secret. If Issa were informed and were to make an investigation by law enforcement public, he would taint the case.
      Civil litigation is different. Not only is the standard of proof different, but the defendant cannot remain silent. If it's only money that's involved, he's got to offer a defense or be found liable on the spot.
      People cannot be forced to confess. Which is why so many "settlements" specify that the parties have not admitted guilt.
      Look at Chris Christie. He used to be a prosecutor. Aren't we glad he's out of that line of business?  There's a fellow on death row in New Hampshire who would wish, if he had the mental capacity, that Kelly Ayotte got elected to the Senate a lot sooner. The rest of us wish the Democratic Governor hadn't kept her on as Attorney General so she wouldn't have been in a position to make her bones by seeking the death penalty for a hapless cop shooter.

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      by hannah on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 07:00:08 AM PST

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      •  hannah: your contention that all cops (0+ / 1-)
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        are fair targets above drives me to HR that comment:

        The rest of us wish the Democratic Governor hadn't kept her on as Attorney General so she wouldn't have been in a position to make her bones by seeking the death penalty for a hapless cop shooter.
        To the wives and children and parents and siblings of all the LEOs in  the world, they're loved ones.

        To most citizens, they're the thin line keeping us from being overrun by the dopers and thieves who don't bother dressing in 3-piece suits and trading in bank stocks before they descend on us and ours with ruinous intent.

        Your casual hatred is highly undeserved.

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        by BlackSheep1 on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 12:50:46 PM PST

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    •  Yep, that's how Roger Clemens ended up on trial (0+ / 0-)

      for perjury.

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      by Samer on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 09:07:02 AM PST

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    •  Different branches of government (0+ / 0-)

      Legislators can write laws. The (usual) purpose of hearings is to gather information in support of determining details or whether or not to pass a particular law. Every state has its own procedures, but usually the branches of government are kept separate. Legislators don't that the authority to do anything else.

      That's not to say that legislators won't hold a hearing for show - either to blow their own horn or to embarrass the opposition - Congress does that all the time.

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