[ Editor’s Note: Thank God that a DC Court judge has stood up and called a spade a spade. Her using the term ‘schizophrenic’, despite the qualifier, was something that needed to be said.
But the Justice Department failure here goes beyond Judge Howell’s reputation concerns, and I may need to write her about it. These light sentence Trumpers, after they have served their baby sentences, are going to become ‘cult heroes’ in Trumper land.
Republican dark money is going to pop up to put them on tours as heroes of the Trump movement, and even running them for local offices where the Trumpers hold sway.
I know DoJ people have to be smart to work there, but they now have me worried about their lack of ‘street’ common sense. The punishment must fit the crime, and I am 100% onboard with Judge Howell that this was the biggest stain on our democracy since the tragedy of the civil war.
Look at the punishment dished out for the former insurrection event, a long Reconstruction period, not allowed to vote or run for office, illiterate blacks put in Congress with babysitters having to explain everything when they had to vote.
What the DoJ is creating is an ‘Insurrection Two’ in 2024, where these January 6 people are front line campaign celebrities being used to put Trump back in.
They will be doing rallies everywhere on how ‘the job’s not finished yet until we have full control and our boots on the necks of the Dems for eternity’. That work is well in progress.
Is it maybe time that protest permits need to be made so the DoJ gets the message? This is no time for half measures. We have an enemy that will not balk at using anything to get what it wants.
It may not be proper to use the treason word now, but how long are we going to wait? Do we really want it to get worse?… Jim W. Dean ]
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First published … October 29, 2021
A federal judge thrashed the Justice Department on Thursday for offering “petty offense” plea deals to Jan. 6 defendants who she said tarnished America’s reputation in the world and enabled violent rioters to threaten the peaceful transfer of power — even if they committed no violence themselves.
Beryl Howell, the chief judge of the federal District Court in Washington, D.C., said prosecutors appeared “almost schizophrenic” in describing the insurrection in extreme terms but then settling for second-tier misdemeanor plea agreements with dozens of defendants.
…“This is a muddled approach by the government,” said Howell, an appointee of President Barack Obama. “I’m trying to make sense of the government’s position here.”
Howell then made clear that she considered all participants in the Jan. 6 Capitol breach — which the Justice Department now estimates at 2,000 to 2,500 people — enablers of an assault against the republic.
“The damage to the reputation of our democracy, which is usually held up around the world … that reputation suffered because of Jan. 6,” Howell said, noting that the mob chased lawmakers and Vice President Mike Pence into hiding, and sent staffers ducking under their desks for cover.
“The rioters attacking the Capitol on Jan. 6 were not mere trespassers engaging in protected First Amendment conduct or protests,” Howell added. “They were not merely disorderly, as countless videos show the mob that attacked the Capitol was violent. Everyone participating in the mob contributed to that violence.”
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Everything else appeared to be right on the mark…
“Look at the punishment dished out for the former insurrection event, a long Reconstruction period, not allowed to vote or run for office, illiterate blacks put in Congress with babysitters having to explain everything when they had to vote.”
May I suggest that you walk back that statement?
Footnote #4 – “McPherson notes that blacks held no more than 15 or 20% of the offices during Reconstruction (McPherson 599) ; for Foner, “ by and large, the most important political decisions in every state were made by whites ” (Foner 1988, 354).”
In fact, all of the Reconstruction state legislators throughout were majority white, except for one time in South Carolina (my comment).
Item 2. paragraph 4
“Just TRYING to be HELPFUL…” – Cleavon Little, Blazing Saddles
It is extremely common in our country for people to spend years behind bars in hard core facilities for smoking a plant that the human body has receptors for specifically, and grows wild across the planet. Our justice system is being exposed as an industry, and not a system of justice at all. Protestors at Standing Rock, Occupy, and George Floyd routinely receive harsher sentences for lessor infractions. And they were fighting for clean water and against economic racial oppression.
The same crowd are the loudest voices on the internet screaming for violence by police and others on protestors and the public in general. So, the hypocrisy is off the charts also.
Any parent would know instantly what to do.
“…hypocrisy is off the charts also….” well, David, to paraphrase a Tom Jones, it’s not unusual, it happens every day… you’ll find it happens all the time….. 🙂
If this is just passing on the small fish so that the big fish can be snagged, maybe this is just part of the grand plan. Problem is, the longer this drags on and the big fish (Bannon, Trump, etc.) skate out of the country to avoid prosecution, the more it looks like justice deferred is justice denied. Lock Bannon up NOW!
They don’t need skate out of the country to avoid prosecution, can remain comfortably in the country because there will be no prosecution…
Congress blinked when it passed on Kirschner’s advice to use Congress’ inherent ability to arrest those ignoring subpeonas, which would have cut off the delay process, so they handed
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