Thursday, January 08, 2009

The Endangered Sixth

You remember the Sixth Amendment, right? It's the one that says:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
It's the one that guarantees us a fair trial, in which we may use all the resources at our disposal to provide for our own defense.

Eric Holder doesn't like this.
Put simply, the Holder Memo suggested that, by facilitating the ability of employees to continue working and to vigorously defend themselves, the company was demonstrating a noncooperative attitude that could get it indicted. It was a serious affront to the basic adversarial and rights-driven structure of the American legal system.
Taking advantage of your right to present a defense means you are "noncooperative," and therefore demonstrates your guilt, according to Holder.

Eric Holder: an ideal Attorney General for Amerika, but the absolute antithesis of what a servant of the people should be in the constitutional republic of the United States.

via Gun Rights Examiner

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