Saturday, March 28, 2009

Judge DeLaughter and the Lott Telephone Call

Senator Lott made a phone call to Judge Bobby DeLaughter. He had heard Judge DeLaughter wanted to become a federal judge. Doesn't every state court trial judge want to become a federal judge -- the benefits and working conditions are really quite nice. Was the call some sort of quid pro quo to get Judge DeLaughter to rule in favor of the interests of Richard Scruggs? Pretty doubtful. Maybe it was a Scruggs effort to get his brother-in-law to flatter Judge DeLaughter, to soften him so that he would think favorably of Mr. Scruggs. This sort of stuff, I suspect, happens all the time in the world of politics and the politics of the judicial fraternities these days.

So, Judge DeLaughter took the call, maybe he was even flattered (one finds it hard to think one would be flattered by a call from Senator Lott, or any senator -- they are not people who are above us lumpen electorate), but not a bit of this causes suspicion as far as I am concerned.

One wonders whether the prosecutor is going to use this call by Senator Lott to play on the illusions of members of a jury panel. It's a game, you see.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

For a Light Hearted Update See This:

For a light hearted and breezy update on the Scruggs Events see The Fort Mill Times.

I still have trouble with Judge Henry Lackey. Seems to me judges should not serve as agents of the FBI. This is not said in defense of Mr. Scruggs and the cast of idiots who seemed to gravitate to him.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Sara Jane Olson

Here is a piece in the New York Times about Sara Jane Olson, a woman involved in bank robbery, death, and the attempted bombing of police. She's spending her time on parole coming out of prison in California at her home in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The case highlights for me the double standard of our judicial system and its punishments. Seems people like Mrs. Olson, generally white people, connected people, people who have conformed to a societal elite, seem to do better in their experience than would one who does not have such worldly credentials.

The recent jury acquital (nullification of the law) by a Spokane jury of Police Officer Jay Olsen, a man who left a gay bar in downtown Spokane very late one night or early one morning and took shots at Shonto Pete, a Native American, who was well away from Olson and running for his life down a steep bluff. For more go to The Spokesman-Review.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Conrad Black

Another person in prison these days who was on the top of the pile is Conrad Black. Here is an interview with him one year into to his six year sentance. National Post.