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Free Roger Stone–in six months

February 11, 2020

Judge Amy Berman Jackson, a 2011 Obama appointee to serve as United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, is a liberal Democrat who in 2004, according to the Washington Post, “co-wrote an op-ed in the Legal Times, arguing that Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.) was the answer to the headline ‘Who’s Better for Lawyers?’  over Bush.” She gets high marks from her colleagues and journalists who have covered her at trial, but she falls into the larger category of “Attorney at Law” for which William Shakespeare was unforgiving.

Though we have read a great deal about “Due Process” and “obstruction of justice,” most recently in the Impeachment of President Trump by the U.S. House of Representatives, it is difficult for political conservatives to believe that a fair sentence will be administered in any one of several Federal District Courts dominated by liberal Justices including the U.S. District Court for the District of Colombia.

The U.S. Department of Justice is a part of the administrative State that governs American citizens and reflects the interests of the Deep State.  If you are a vocal critic of Liberalism, the administrative State and identified as a Republican or worse–a political conservative–you are at a disadvantage in these Courts. U.S. Federal District Judge Indira Tallwani a judge for the District of Massachusetts is another in the mode of Judge Jackson. Her decision on September 13, 2019, sentencing actress Felicity Huffman to federal prison for fourteen days was motivated by her belief that the American system of higher education is an outrage:  “The outrage is a system that is already so distorted by money and privilege in the first place.” I am a critic of American higher education but I fail to see that it is “distorted by money and privilege.” If anything that system is too open to admission of unqualified students who are literally “milked” of Title IV funds and then abandoned.

Judge Berman has presided in several high publicity trials including trials of Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, the former deputy chairman of the Trump campaign, and Roger Stone, who also worked on the Trump campaign for President, leaving in August 2015.  Stone was convicted on seven counts including witness tampering and lying to investigators. Federal prosecutors in the Justice Department have recommended a sentence of between 87 and 108 months in prison. By my count that is a sentence of 7 1/4 years and 9 years. Stone is 67 years of age and if he serves a full sentence of 9 years he is likely to die of natural causes in prison–or be murdered.

That has caused consternation on the part of President Trump who tweeted “This is a horrible and very unfair situation. The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!” Today the Justice Department plans to reduce its sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone.

Journalists, attorneys and federal justices are appalled that such intervention in “the process” has occurred.  In fact, I think we have an “attorney problem.”

Our schools of law were overtaken as early as 1910 by Progressives who argued that the Constitution was not a document of fixed principles of limited government, but something that attorneys and justices can make malleable and change with the times. A Progressive distortion of Con Law occurred and growth in employment opportunities for attorneys with the federal government “grew” a fifth column of Leftist legal activists.

In 2015, the law school at George Mason University, led by Todd Zywicki, organized a conference directed at State Attorneys General, a good number of which are Progressive radicals. Dining with them and seeing them close up formed my negative opinion and concern that we have a very deep “attorney problem.”

Now, Roger Stone is a scamp, but his conviction for “witness tampering” was an injustice, and that finding by a jury should have been ignored. Stone’s sentence should be no more than six months.

 

 

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