Thursday, January 3rd, 2012
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
LITTLE CONCERN FOR JUSTICE IN NEW ORLEANS!
Remember the scene in the movie, The Fugitive, where Harrison Ford is about to jump off a cliff into a raging river? He turns to his pursuer, a federal agent played by Tommy Lee Jones, and says: “I’m innocent!” Jones shakes his head and says: “I don’t care.” In recent months, a series of investigative reports from all across the country have concluded that numerous federal and state prosecutors are primarily interested winning — getting the indictment, the guilty plea, the conviction. But when it comes to seeking justice, they just don’t seem to care.
The Houston Chronicle has written of widespread abuses on the part of state and federal prosecutors throughout Texas, reporting “story after story of egregious prosecutorial misconduct. Prosecutors have repeatedly robbed innocent men of their liberty.” The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette investigated misconduct by prosecutors in a recent ten part series and concluded that: “Hundreds of times in the past 10 years, federal prosecutors have pursued justice by breaking the law. They lied, hid evidence, distorted facts, engaged in cover-ups, paid for perjury, and set up innocent people in a relentless effort to win indictments, guilty pleas and convictions.”
The Wall Street Journal was just as blunt in a recent editorial that read: “Something is very rotten at the U.S. Department of Justice. Americans hand prosecutors an awesome power – the power to destroy fortunes and futures, and in this case to reallocate national political power. We are seeing a pattern of abuse of this power, in order to win big cases.” And from The New York Times: “It is the height of hypocrisy when prosecutors, who call others to account for breaking rules, break rules themselves.” Continue reading……….