that the Florida Supreme Court (motto: “We wanna be like Texas”) has given the old okey dokey to hooking up convicts with a needle so long as “proper sterilization techniques are employed. While we find no constitutional prohibition against the State murdering its citizens, we do find it to be cruel and unusual to expose the convict to possible infection moments before putting him to sleep like a mongrel dog.”
MORE TROUBLES AT DOJ
There is no current attorney general of the United States.
The last attorney general endorsed the belief that anything short of organ failure was not torture, and that anything the president does or wants to do, is ipso facto, legal. Now comes the acquittal of former federal prosecutor Robert G. Convertino on charges that while he was prosecuting the US’s lead terrorism case in the US at the time, he withheld evidence.
From the NY Times: ARTICLE
The department, which has acknowledged that the 2001 case was bungled, will now face accusations that it also bungled a case it brought last year against Mr. Convertino and Mr. Smith.
In 2004, the convictions of two North Africans on terrorism charges in the original case were overturned amid the accusations of misconduct by Mr. Convertino, 46, who had been a federal prosecutor here, and Mr. Smith, 51, a former State Department security officer.
After his acquittal on Wednesday, Mr. Convertino told reporters in the federal district courthouse here that the charges of obstruction of justice were “a politically motivated prosecution that never should have been brought.”
“Somebody must be held accountable for this,” he said.
Rumpole called the DOJ and eventually was transferred to a Mr. Jerry Thomas, head Custodian for Janitorial Services at the Department Of Justice. "Mr. Thomas is the only current DOJ official available to accept responsibility for the DOJ at this time", according to a spokesperson at the DOJ who refused to be named because of the possibility that he may then become responsible for the actions of the DOJ.
SPEAKING OF ACQUITTALS
The NY Times reports today HERE
that the high profile NY State prosecution of Former FBI Organized Crime Agent Roy Lindley DeVecchio was about to be dropped today after a Village Voice Journalist surfaced with tapes yesterday in which the star witness (and only witness directly accusing Agent DeVecchio) was heard contradicting herself about DeVecchio’s role in the murders of several mobsters.
Agent DeVecchio had previously been cleared by the FEDS of the accusations of his participation in murders committed by the organized crime family he spent his career investigating. Enter the NY State Prosecutors (motto: evidence, schmevedence) who on the unsubstantiated word of a “Mafia Moll” indicted the agent for conspiracy to commit murder. After the Village Voice reporter, who had interviewed the woman several years ago for a book, came forward yesterday with taped interviews in which the woman gave markedly different accounts of the murders for which the Agent was accused, NY Prosecutors decided to drop charges. “Hey, we almost wrecked your life based on the unsubstantiated word of an unreliable liar, but no hard feelings OK? Thanks for your service agent. Have a nice retirement”
And finally, President Bush took the unprecedented step of inviting reporters into the Oval Office this morning to attempt to rescue the endangered nomination of Judge Michael Mukasey to become the Attorney General of the United States. The issue confronting and confounding Mukasey is his failure to repudiate the current administration's use of waterboarding as an interrogation technique.
When asked about waterboarding, the President said “Millions of Americans enjoy the sport of snow boarding. Personally, I like two skis. But some of the younger guys get on that snow board and sort of surf down the mountain. Now if snow boarding is OK, just what is the problem about waterboarding? I mean it’s like the same thing, right, but on water? That’s what Cheney told me.”
And there's our President, on top of all the issues.
See you in court.