Now that we’ve gotten past the predictable accusations ( “He may be a serial rapist”) to which our colleague Mr. Milt Hirsch responded by calling the alleged victims “serial accusers” can we examine the real issue here?
What in the name of standards and psychological evaluations is going on at the City Of Miami Police Department? The Department is developing a long and sordid history of hiring the worst and most troubled candidates. Didn’t any screening process catch Officer Ragusa’s predilection of allegedly preying on women?
Perhaps it would help if the Miami Dade Police Department removed the sign in its recruiting office:
“If You Have A Prior Record Or Psychological Problem, Please Apply to the City Of Miami Police Department.”
INTERIOR DEPARTMENT DEPUTY HEADED TO PRISON
Speaking of a tradition of honor and integrity, J. Steven Griles, the former Deputy Secretary of the Interior- the second highest official in that department from 2001-2004, entered a plea of guilty in Federal Court on Friday to lying to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee when he testified he had “no relationship” with convicted Lobbyist Jack Abramoff. While the Bush administration is racking up an impressive list of officials under indictment or convicted, what is of more concern is that before becoming the second most powerful person entrusted with the Nation’s natural resources, Mr. Griles was a powerful lobbyist for the mining industry.
Talk about the Fox guarding the Henhouse.
Why don’t they just get the city of Miami Police Department to guard the dancers at Solid Gold?
US ATTORNEY SCANDAL
This week we learned that Kyle Sampson, Attorney General Gonzalez’s Chief of Staff sent this email in January 2005-
"As an operational matter, we would like to replace 15-20 percent of the current U.S. Attorneys--the underperforming ones ... The vast majority of U.S. Attorneys, 80-85 percent, I would guess, are doing a great job, are loyal Bushies, etc., etc.”
Eventually 8 US Attorneys were sacked, and the fingerprints on the weapon lead to Alberto Gonzalez and Karl Rove.
Rumpole’s History Quiz- What event took place on October 23, 1973 that shook the country down to it’s constitution? If you answered the Saturday Night Massacre, you get an A from professor Rumpole.
What depresses us is that most prosecutors we litigate against weren’t even born when this occurred.
Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox issued a subpoena to President Richard Nixon for the tapes from the Oval Office. On Friday Night President Nixon offered a compromise- to have Senator Stennis review the tapes and summarize their contents to Cox. Cox refused, setting the stage for a legal battle.
On Saturday Night Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliott Richardson to fire Cox. Richardson refused and Nixon fired Richardson.
Nixon then ordered Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus to fire Cox. Ruckelshaus refused so Nixon fired him.
Wandering the halls of the empty Justice Deparment, an enraged President stumbled across a janitor named Robert Bork (OK- we have taken a little liberty with history. Bork was actually the Solicitor General). Nixon appointed Bork acting head of the Justice Department and ordered him to fire Cox.
Bork fired Cox, and a Governor in California named Ronald Reagan, while reading his Sunday Morning paper the next day, turned to his wife and said “You know, if I’m ever elected President, this Bork guy would make a great Supreme Court Justice” to which his wife Nancy replied “Eat your prunes Ronnie.”
Anyway, what has changed in 34 years?
What has changed is that in the administration of the most corrupt presidency in the 20th century, the Attorney General in the Nixon administration, and his deputy, placed the Constitution above politics.
Not any more, in what is shaping up as the most corrupt administration of the 21st century, (granted – it’s the first, but can you imagine anything worse?) the Attorney General views his position as one more cog in the Republican election machine. Remember that this whole scandal started over the perception that certain local US attorneys were not prosecuting democratic candidates during the last election.
Now to the important stuff:
The Herald and the NY Times reported today on the embarrassing situation where the University of Florida refused to bestow an honorary degree on Former Governor Jeb Bush. President Bush reacted angrily to the alarming situation and promised to immediately send legislation to the Hill to fix the problem.
“My administration is pledged to the simple principle that no Governor will be left behind.” said the President.
See You In Court Monday.
Tomorrow- the latest installment of Diary of a Mad Jurist.
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