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Dear Mr. Holder:

Posted by Charles II on May 18, 2009

Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

I am writing to express deep concern about the unequal standard of justice applied to Governor Don Siegelman, to demonstrate that it seems to be part of a broad pattern of selective prosecution under your leadership, and to explain why if it continues it will lead to a breakdown in the Department of Justice.

The Siegelman case was one of a number of cases prosecuted by the Bush Department of Justice which appeared to be politically motivated and in which it was unclear that there was any underlying crime. Two of the charges against Mr. Siegelman have been dismissed, there is evidence of misbehavior by both the prosecution and the jury, and yet the prosecutors just recommended that his sentence be increased! One cannot help but contrast this with the trial of Senator Ted Stevens, in which the Senator seemed to have corruptly accepted favors but was let off with an apology because of prosecutorial misconduct. There are other cases of suspect prosecutions, such as that of Paul Minor, where prosecutorial vindictiveness rather than a commitment to doing justice seems to be in the ascendant, and no steps taken to redress the wrongs. How can this be called justice?

[The letter goes on to point out that torture, the 100 homicides of detainees, and the US attorney scandal are all things that probably need a bit of prosecuting].

You too, can write to ask Eric Holder why the Department of Justice is behaving as oddly as it is.

Posted in Department of Injustice, Don Siegelman, torture, US attorney firings, US Attorney scandal | 10 Comments »

Best line of the day

Posted by Charles II on May 18, 2009

“We’ve got what amounts to a reverse Nuremberg defense, where Bush administration officials are let off the hook because they were only giving orders.”

From the Editors at The Poor Man (via Atrios)

Posted in torture | 2 Comments »

Blue Whales Return — But For How Long?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 18, 2009

Decades after a whaling ban was implemented, and nearly a century after they had been exterminated from the area, blue whales have returned to the waters off Alaska and British Columbia — though they might not stay for long if certain nations have their way:

Key nations are preparing a deal with Japan, the main whaling nation, which could open the way to resuming commercial whaling since a moratorium on all species of the leviathans was introduced in 1986. Japan has continued the hunt off Antarctica by exploiting a loophole that allows whales to be killed for “scientific research”.

The deal – which, as first reported in The Independent on Sunday has been thrashed out at unpublicised meetings behind closed doors – is expected to be unveiled at the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Portugal next month. It would allow Japan to hunt minke whales near its coasts and South Korea has already intimated that, if it goes ahead, it will require similar treatment and conservationist fear that the floodgates will open.

Too bad the whales can’t transport themselves to a saner planet.

Posted in environment | 1 Comment »

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