Even Inquiring Minds At CNN Are Noticing Things

On April 22, The Daily Caller posted an article about some interesting  comments recently made at CNN.

The article reports:

A CNN panel on Monday said they found it striking that an alternate juror in former President Donald Trump’s case can attend a dentist appointment while the defendant cannot attend momentous events.

Opening arguments for Trump’s trial related to a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels began on Monday, and the judge overseeing the case, Juan Merchan, reportedly will end the session early to allow one of the alternate jurors to attend the appointment. Merchan previously ruled that Trump must be in the courtroom throughout the trial because of his status as a criminal defendant, meaning he is not permitted to attend the Supreme Court’s Thursday presidential immunity argument and may not be able to go to his son Barron’s graduation.

…“And the fact that he can’t attend Thursday‘s historic Supreme Court argument on presidential immunity and there’s an open question about whether he’ll be able to attend his son’s graduation,” Reid (CNN legal correspondent Paula Reid) added. “The judge said he’ll consider that, but look, he’s a criminal defendant. He has to attend every single day of court unless he gets a waiver, but the jurors, the judge has signaled he’s going to work around their schedule.”

This is unbelievable. I can’t believe this is happening in America. We used to believe in equal justice under the law. Now the judicial system is being used as a political attack arm of the government. That does not bode well for any of us who do not want to be part of the woke agenda or the economic plans of the Biden administration.

Finally Addressing The Obvious

On Thursday, PJ Media posted an article about the difference between the way the ‘summer of love’ Antifa protestors who burned down buildings and killed people were treated and how the January 6th protestors who did nothing but walk through the Capitol were treated. Evidently there are some people in our judicial system who want to restore equal justice under the law.

The article reports:

Finally a federal judge who believes in justice or something close to it. Could this be a crack in the dike of the tyranny of the DOJ? Is this the beginning of the end of Antifa pattern of violence and silence? We can hope.

To understand what’s at stake, let’s take you back.

At UC Berkeley in 2017, Antifa and their local black bloc franchisees set fires and rioted to prevent Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking on campus. 

The anti-free speech violent protesters set off munitions, broke windows, beat people, and scared the university away from allowing any right-wing speakers to be heard on campus—unless they paid for their own security. Antifa radicals, calling themselves By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), framed themselves as brave and heroic for silencing speech of people they detested at the very birthplace of the campus free speech movement.

It was the first round of the speech wars between people on the right who were trying to speak and those on the left who called them “fascists” while calling themselves “anti fascist” and using violence to literally shut them up. 

Several people were arrested for the melee, but guess who were the only ones prosecuted? 

In an opinion issued February 21, California Federal District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney stiff-armed the DOJs Terrorism and Export Crimes Section out of Los Angeles and nailed them for selective prosecution. The decision to dismiss the federal charges against two men who at some point became members of a group characterized as “white supremacist” was based on the fact that Antifa did as bad or worse that day and at other events where both groups were represented and Antifa wasn’t prosecuted.

This pattern continues as charges were dropped against those who participated in the ‘summer of love’ and Vice-President Kamala Harris asked people to contribute to the bail of the people who were arrested. We need to restore ‘equal justice under the law’ if our country is to survive.

Injustice in Our Justice System

Author:  R. Alan Harrop, Ph.D   

There is an old saying that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. We are seeing glaring examples of this in our justice (maybe better our injustice system).    As any sensible person can see, President Trump is being singled out by the Democrat’s for persecution not prosecution. Their fear of him is palpable and they will do anything to stop him from running again. We must make sure they fail, or our constitutional republic will never recover. 

Some judges have become political pawns rather than fair arbiters of facts and truth.  The case in New York is a prime example. The judge issued a summary judgement  against President Trump before even hearing his defense. The judge is a lifelong Democrat as is the prosecutor Latisha James.  As in the other three cases against President Trump, this judge placed a “gag” order on President Trump that violates his first amendment right to free speech. The case in Atlanta about election interference also includes a gag order. There is no legal justification for preventing a defendant from commenting critically about the trial process or the motivation of the judge or prosecutor. The only legal justification for a gag order by a judge is based on 18USC1512 which is concerned with violence, threats and intimidation of witnesses. It says nothing about criticizing the judge, clerk or prosecutor. In today’s judicial system the outcome of a case often has more to do with the judge who tries the case than the facts presented. This is not blind justice. It is right out of Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, and Communist China. 

Another troubling development, as shown by the fraudulent cases against the former president, is the prosecution or threat of prosecution of his attorneys and staff.  Prosecutors in the Atlanta case are using what is called RICO tactics that were designed to be used against organized crime. What they do is threaten the defendant’s attorney with felony prosecution if he or she does not reveal supposedly privileged conversation with their clients. The enormous cost of defending oneself is often sufficient to bankrupt the attorney. This actually amounts to blackmail. Who can trust the truthfulness of a person who is threatened with jail time, professional ruin and financial destruction if they do not go along with the prosecutors and turn states evidence against their client who came to them, expecting  attorney/client privacy? This is not the justice that our Founding Fathers expected would occur in our country. 

So what do we do about this trend?  First, as stated above we must support the re-election of President Trump to show the leftist Democrats that these tactics will not work in this country. Second, we must get our state legislators to pass legislation that makes the communication between attorney and client  absolutely privileged and cannot be used by any prosecutor in a trial or lawsuit. It should be similar to the spousal rule that a wife cannot be forced or coerced into testifying against her husband and vice versa. In fact, an attorney should not be allowed to testify willingly against a client based on privileged communications. Third, there should be an independent  process that can review the actions of a judge to ensure that political motivations are not influencing the judge’s actions and decisions.   

Without these or similar actions to protect the integrity of the justice system, the citizen’s confidence that we can receive justice before the law will continue to be undermined. 

Reforming the Judicial System

Author: R. Alan Harrop, Ph.D

Awhile back, I wrote an article about courts overriding the will of the majority of the people with decisions that are based on the judge’s political persuasion and not the facts in a case. Homosexual marriage, requiring people buy health insurance (Obamacare), and blocking photo ID requirements for voting were some examples. The argument that I made was that our constitution gives the power to the people not to judges.

The situation has gotten far worse since that article. I am referring specifically to the attempts by Democrat prosecutors and judges to interfere with the next presidential election by indicting President Trump and thereby preventing the people from freely choosing their president. This is a serious threat to our republican form of government and must not be allowed to stand. This is not about President Trump, it is about whether we the people control our government as intended by the Founding Fathers. They would be shocked and disappointed to see where we are in 2023.

The judicial system ( prosecutors and judges) is supposed to base decisions on the merits of a case regardless of their own political beliefs. This is clearly not happening. The Department of Justice worked out a “special deal” with Hunter Biden that none of us would have received. It was so egregious that the judge in the case blocked the plea deal. Three of the four indictments against President Trump are being brought by Democrat prosecutors, one of which (Letitia James), ran her campaign vowing to go after President Trump. The other indictment was by Jack Smith, a prosecutor appointed by Democrat Attorney General Merrick Garland. The judges in these cases, who are also Democrats, have scheduled the cases to be heard right in the middle of a presidential campaign which was clearly not necessary.

Historically, authoritarian Leftist governments have used their judicial systems to attack their opponents. The fact that this is happening in America is deeply disappointing and threatening. Joe Biden keeps saying that MAGA Republicans are a threat to our democracy, but like most things he says, it is an out and out lie; and in fact, the lie is intended to cover up what they are doing. Just like the so-called Inflation Reduction Act, which in fact, increased inflation by spending money we do not have on Leftist green energy programs.

Now, what do we do about this? First, we make sure that President Trump is re-elected to show the Democrats that this strategy will not work in this country. In my opinion, all of the so-called other patriotic Republican candidates for president should drop out of the race and endorse President Trump. This would not only send a strong message that they put this country ahead of their own political ambitions, but show how serious Republicans are about stopping this assault on our freedom. Second, our elected officials should pass legislation that prohibits the prosecution of citizens legitimately running for elected office during a campaign except in the case of serious violent crimes. Third, I challenge our prosecutors and judges to develop procedures to review their rulings and actions of to ensure that they are acting in an unbiased manner in the performance of their duties. The judicial branch of government needs to have the trust and confidence of the people, which at this point is being undermined. Time to step up to the plate.