Monday, May 05, 2014

Le Deluge, She is Here

Immediately after the last post I lost all connectivity.  Verizon Home Agent first said I had a "bad wired" card, which may be the case since the cable connect light is orange and not green, but I don't have wireless connectivity either.  On another try Home Agent said it had to reset my router and then asked if it was working now?  So what about The "bad wired" card?  First I lose my back-up disk, and now this.  Maybe God is telling me to enter a monetary and make wine and bread for monks.  

Water-boarding would work too, but ... you know

Clinton Culture                   

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton needs to provide "hours and hours" of private depositions if any House select committee is effective in uncovering what happened in the 2012 Benghazi deaths that killed four Americans, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton said on Saturday.

"The public hearings that get so much attention are the last things that should happen," Bolton, who served in the George W. Bush White House, told Jeanine Pirro on her Fox News program. "We need former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton giving hours and hours of depositions before they put her back out in public testimony. That's the way to find out what happened.

"You can't get effective investigations done with members of Congress alternating — asking questions for five minutes — of somebody who's articulate and knows how to dodge questions," Bolton added. "What needs to happen are extensive, hour-after-hour depositions."

Bolton per usual quickly cuts to the quick. 

Double Down Jeopardy

Double Jeopardy Clause is a clause in the U.S. Constitution that forbids a person from being tried twice for the same offence. This clause was added through the U.S. Constitution Fifth Amendment. The principle behind the adoption of the clause is to prevent state and federal governments from imposing more than one punishment for the same offense. This clause thus provides a procedural defense as a right for any act of being tried twice for the same offence.

This clause prohibits state and federal governments from re-prosecuting for the same offense, a defendant who has already been acquitted or convicted. [State v. Detco, Inc., 66 Wis. 2d 95 (Wis. 1974)]

In April, 1992,  jurors issued their ruling on a controversial case involving the 1991 beating of Rodney King by four LAPD officers. One of the officers was found guilty of excessive force; the other officers were cleared of all charges. The reading of the verdicts was broadcast live, and triggered violence in parts of Los Angeles for three days. More than fifty people were killed, some four thousand injured, twelve thousand were arrested and property damage exceeded one ... .

After the acquittals and the riots, the United States Department of Justice sought indictments for violations of King's civil rights. On August 4, the grand jury returned indictments against the three officers for '...willfully and intentionally using unreasonable force...' and against Sergeant Koon for '...willfully permitting and failing to take action to stop the unlawful assault...' on King."

 The jury found Officer Laurence Powell and Sergeant Stacey Koon guilty, and they were subsequently sentenced to 32 months in prison, while Timothy Wind and Theodore Briseno were acquitted of all charges.  There were no riots.

Why the Hell Not?

I'm sure there were earlier instances where constitutional double jeopardy protection was first sacrificed for raw political purposes, but this is the one I remember.  This is the one that left my jaw hanging.  This is the one that made me realize that we had no constitutional protection that could not be overcome by an aggressive government, which meant no constitutional rights at all.  This is the one that convinced me that our government had declared war on anyone, and anything that stood in its way.  This was the time for a million man riot. A pivotal moment in history. Alas.