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  •  Compare to Duke Rape Case (3+ / 0-)
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    rgdurst, DSPS owl, moosely2006

    I posted these remarks in Mishima's earlier diaryon this topic but they bear repeating.

    With these remarks, Stimson has shown that he is radically biased. Like the prosecutor in the Duke rape case, he needs to be reassigned or be removed.

    Here is a letter from one of the people he would like to deny representation to. I feel that it's something that should be required reading in any civics class.

    •  What gets me about the Duke case (2+ / 0-)
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      oblomov, greatwhitebuffalo

      Aside from Nifong's flagrant disregard for the players' rights, is that the Right would have you believe that these were the only three Americans to be victims of a miscarriage of justice.

      I'm reminded of a comment by Geoffrey Fieger, a defense attorney here in Michigan, about O.J. Simpson: "Every day, people are convicted on the basis of one-tenth the evidence against O.J."

      "Representative government and trial by jury are the heart and lungs of liberty."--John Adams.

      by Dump Terry McAuliffe on Sat Jan 13, 2007 at 03:09:25 PM PST

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      •  Or that the real reason (1+ / 0-)
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        Shapeshifter

        Nifong was censured by his peers is because legislators were threatening oversight legislation for prosecutors.

        Prosecutorial misconduct is never punished and they don't want any precedents that say otherwise.

        I'm hoping that the lawyers lodge an ethics complaint with the bar association against Stimson.

        On the other hand, for someone with his resume to make a gaffe like this suggests that these people are starting to see the writing on the wall.

        •  Please explain... (0+ / 0-)

          "...suggests that these people are starting to see the writing on the wall..."

          Does this mean Stimson is hoping for a mistrial, so that the cases will actually be thrown out instead of yielding trials that only further embarrass the administration?

          Or does it mean he is trying to stage an "oops" moment so that he can cut and run personally, and just have done with it?  

          Or does it mean he is trying to throw a rock through the window of our legal establishment, hoping they will snap back not at him but directly at the administration?  

          Or does it mean that he considers himself a goner anyhow, so what the hell difference will a little gallows humor make?  

      •  Only Certain People who do Certain Things (2+ / 0-)
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        Dump Terry McAuliffe, DSPS owl

        can expect their rights, as defendants, to be upheld on the Right Wing radio circuit. Those people are the Friends of the Right. I know I may sound paranoid. The same is true of all "partisans".

        Miscarriages of justice only occur when "respectable" people are accused. Our friends are always respectable, therefore they cannot be impugned with impunity.

        This is why I don't have many friends, I guess.

    •  "Here is a letter" (0+ / 0-)

      That link from LATimes, 13 January 2007, just about made me cry.  That detainee seems a warm and good person and father.  He even makes a distinction between those Americans who incarcerate and torture him and good Americans.

      Thank goodness he has lawyers to whom he can write!  That particular detainee has lived in the USA.  It must be a great advantage to know English.

      The Republicans are defunding, not defending, America.

      by DSPS owl on Sat Jan 13, 2007 at 08:08:10 PM PST

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