danmillerinpanama:

Government employees are too often given excessive discretion, and therefore excessive power to do as they may please, at the expense of others. If the rights of the people are to be respected, that may well suggest that the laws under which those employees function are too flexible. It should not matter whether they can successfully be portrayed in the media as “good guys” and the others as “bad guys.”

Consider the Duke University “rape” case and the politically directed actions of (now former) prosecutor Nifong. Consider also the media generated storm over “White Hispanic” George Zimmerman’s killing of a cute little, and therefore “blameless,” Black kid named Trayvon. The same Constitution applies to “good guys” and “bad guys” alike. The civil forfeiture case mentioned at the top of the article is an egregious example of governmental overreach.

Here’s another case, involving governmental use of powers of eminent domain, to confiscate private property. Are there limits to governmental authority or has the Constitution become merely a porous “parchment barrier?”

Originally posted on JONATHAN TURLEY:

Submitted by: Mike Spindell, guest blogger

HK_Central_Statue_Square_Legislative_Council_Building_n_Themis_sOne of the main concerns we Americans should have is about the state of our criminal justice system. How a society deals with the issue of criminality is one of the ways that we all can judge its freedom from oppression. This country has been selling our “democracy” to the world for 8 decades now as an example of how a modern nation should operate.

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About danmillerinpanama

I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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  1. Boeke says:

    Excellent article by J Turley. Shows how prosecutors use flurries of (perhaps unwarrated) prosecutions of small fry to hide that they aren’t prosecuting the big crooks.

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