UPDATE: Judge Aleman did it again. Check out the Broward Blog.
Appearing as a weekend bond hearing judge, Aleman was discourteous, rude, and refused to listen to an attorney who had a client stuck in the Broward County jail even though he was supposed to be released. The attorney had to call Chief Judge Tobin, who then called Judge Hurley who sits in the first appearance court during the week. Judge Hurley then had to leave his home, go to court, and sign the order releasing the client. All because Judge Aleman didn't want to listen to an attorney who needed help.
Just how long are we going to tolerate Judge Aleman's behavior?
The title of the post links to the BBC article.
Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico (motto "Hey, we're a state too!") has signed into law a bill abolishing the death penalty in New Mexico. Richardson, a former supporter of the death penalty called it the most difficult decision of his career. Richardson said that he no longer had confidence in the criminal justice system.
You and me both Bill. (Although our favourite federal blogger's faith in the justice system was recently restored with his blockbuster 141 count not guilty verdict.)
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WHEN THEY COME FOR YOU?
The House of Representatives passed a bill today imposing a 90% tax penalty on individuals who receive bonuses from companies that received more than 5 Billion dollars from the stimulus package. The Bill essentially targets the executives of AIG.
We have decried the AIG payments on this blog, but this is a very dangerous precedent.
Think of it this way- If the congress can do this to a small individual group of people that the public has turned against, they can do it to you.
When they pass the bill to impose a 90% income tax on individuals who did not support the next war, I can guarantee you this- the Supreme Court opinion in that case will cite to the Supreme Court opinion in this case (if the law is challenged and reaches the Supreme Court) as justification for the law.
No matter how worthy the cause, we should all be alarmed when the Congress of the United States, reacting to public outcry, passes legislation targeting a small, select group of outcasts. This nation was founded by a small, select group of outcasts, and our Constitution and our fervent belief that we are a nation of laws, means that fundamental to that concept is the protection of any minority from the tyranny of the majority.
Unless you work for AIG.
Or unless you belonged to the communist party in the 1950's.
Or unless you were a black or a jew and wanted to own property on Miami Beach in the 1940's.
Or unless you were an African brought to these shores in chains in the 1700's and 1800's.
So tell me, those of you applauding our Congress today, what are you going to do, and to whom are you going to turn for help, when the public bloodlust makes the Congress pass a law and they come for you?