Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Ex-Senator Stevens Tomfoolery

So, Senator Stevens' conviction is set aside and the prosecutor is accused of misbehavior. Surprise, surprise! No, actually, the fix was in.

How does a republican-appointed prosecutor atone for bringing a successful case that results in the loss of republican senate seat? That's an easy question. The answer, of course, is to mess up the case so the perpetrator does no time. Nothing to it!

Is there any question whether Stevens accepted a lot of stuff from someone who had business before the congress? Of course not. Is there any question whether Stevens didn't report these gifts as required by law? No. Did he lie about all of this? For certain. Should he be convicted and disgraced? Yes. But it's not going to happen.

The new attorney general is going to make an example of the prosecutor, who no doubt was going to lose his political-appointee job anyway. Not a big deal, either way. The real truth, in my opinion, is that the attorney general just didn't want to waste time beating a dead horse - Stevens, that is.

I'm tired of the guilty getting off. Democracy depends on laws that are enforced regardless of status, social or political or monetary. But more and more I'm seeing the low end white collar criminal going to prison and the high end wired-in criminal walking. This is the kind of stuff that results in revolutions.

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