Our take-away from the Michael Cohen testimony on the Hill on Wednesday is simply this:
Any time the Republicans wish to legalize their moral outrage about a convicted felon who has admitted to lying and pass a law that states that no criminal prosecution will be based in any part on the testimony of any individual who has a prior record and who has lied....sign us up as the first to support that bill.
How about a jury instruction?
"The government has unfortunately sought to impugn the integrity of these court proceedings and the dignity of the court by calling as a witness an individual who has a prior felony conviction. You should not under any but the most rare and exceptional circumstances give any credence to the testimony of the witness and the mere fact the government has relied upon this witness is sufficient for you to find reasonable doubt and acquit the defendant"
Those words accurately reflect the outrage of the Republicans yesterday and we give fair warning to all prosecutors that all Rumpole juries for the next several months will hear references to the outrage expressed yesterday over the testimony of Michael Cohen.
We thank the Republicans for finally acknowledging what we have been saying all along: criminal convictions should not involve the use of snitches. Rats. Convicted felons. (lawyers and politicians fall squarely within those pejorative terms).
For those judges and other millennial readers whose legal career began after the era of five dollar lattes at Starbucks, we explain our reference to the title of this superb post:
Humphrey Bogart. Ingrid Bergman. Do your self a favor and stop tweeting for 90 minutes and watch it.
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