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  •  Disbarment may be a start, but (1+ / 0-)
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    state bar ethics courts are generally lousy substitutes for actual prosecutions:

    (1) Ethics courts can delay final rulings forever;

    (2) Without an actual preceeding criminal prosecution, they may try to avoid ruling on issues of criminal culpability;

    (3) Litigating in 4 different fora sets up the possibility of inconsistent verdicts;

    (4) Many ethics proceedings are confidential, with at most the final decision released publically (and sometimes not even that); and/or

    (5) Loss of a license may be only a minor inconvenience for some of the defendants -- it doesn't prevent them from appearing on the lucrative speaker circuit, or even require resignation from the federal bench (no constitutional rule appears to require federal judges/justices to be lawyers).

    All that said, this will keep the heat on Obama/Holder to do something, and serves as notice that we are NOT going away.

    Keep on yelling....

    "Tired of defending helpless corporations against predatory widows and orphans."

    by RdRnr2k on Mon May 18, 2009 at 01:04:28 PM PDT

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