Another victim of commonplace police and prosecutor criminality is set free after being held as the slave of Los Angeles County for 20 years. Meanwhile, other similar criminal behavior is exposed for the 200th time. [BalkoLink]
What do you think would happen to you if you got drunk, argued with a police officer about whether you were fit to drive, then pulled out a gun and shot him? Why not a paid vacation?
Two of the three cops who broke into 92-yr-old Kathryn Johnston’s place in Atlanta last November, murdered her, planted drug evidence, and solicited the help of an informant to lie about a drug buy go down in a plea of manslaughter in exchange for testimony as to how the Atlanta Police Department is a band of thugs and criminals. One to go. Note: this is some justice being served on these two thugs. Kathryn Johnston can’t get any justice. She’s dead.
Patterico (Patrick Frey), the LA County assistant DA (criminal prosecutor) gets it wrong, as usual. He’s not the only one. You can dig through the comments if you like, in search of a good argument as to why — should your home ever be invaded by armed intruders — the burden is upon you to correctly, unequivocally, and with utter precision determine whether you have a legal right to defend your life, on the basis of information you can’t possibly know. You won’t find one, and commenter "Sk" pretty cleanly cleans up here and here. Read both. Understand. Now I know why Frey isn’t billing at $500 per hour at my cousin’s LA firm.
The lives and freedoms of ordinary people (and extra-ordinary 92-yr-old ladies) aren’t the only casualty of the criminal War on Drugs. Arguably worse, in an historical and cultural context, is the obliteration of reason. It’s DOA. The whole thing ought to be renamed: War on Drugs, America, and Reason.