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Thursday, May 25, 2006

No Prison for You - Your to Short!

In recent news we have Ken Delay found guilty in the Enron scandal, and of course already the opinions come out how this equates to making President Bush guilty also.

Ken Lay--Guilty. George Bush--Guilty.

John Nichols opinion piece for The Nation, begins with this:

The man who paid many of the biggest bills for George Bush's political ascent, Enron founder Kenneth Lay, has been found guilty of conspiracy and fraud almost five years after his dirty dealings created the greatest corporate scandal in what will be remembers as an era of corporate crime.

First of all, Enron campaign contributions went to both Republican AND Democrat, though to read this you wouldn't expect that to get in the way of laying into the President. This was a conviction of Tom Delay, not the President, no matter how much people will try and push and pull this as a conviction of the President also.

(Sorry, you'll have to squint a bit)
Courtesy of: Open Secrets

On the sixth day of deliberations following the conclusion of a long-delayed federal trial, a Houston jury found Lay guilty on six counts of fraud and conspiracy. In a separate decision, US District Judge Sim Lake ruled that Lay was guilty of four counts of fraud and making false statements.

Tom Delay is convicted of six counts of fraud and conspiracy.
He had his day in court, and justice has prevailed.

Innocent until PROVEN guilty. He has been proven guilty, even though many passed sentence on him long before he actually got his day in court.

Tom Delay also, up on indictment, resigned from his position in the senate.
Will Jefferson a Democrat, who has been caught on tape by the FBI for Bribery and other criminal counts, will he resign? Jefferson says he won't.

Lay, who President Bush affectionately referred to as "Kenny-boy" when the two forged an alliance in the 1990s to advance Bush's political ambitions and Lay's business prospects, contributed $122,500 to Bush's gubernatorial campaigns in Texas. Lay would later explain to a PBS "Frontline" interviewer that, though he had worked closely with former Texas Governor Ann Richards, the Democrat incumbent who Bush challenged in 1994, he backed the Republican because "I was very close to George W."

Needless to say, once Bush became governor, Lay got his phone calls returned. A report issued by Public Citizen in February, 2001, months before the Enron scandal broke, identified Lay as "a long-time Bush family friend and an architect of Bush's policies on electricity deregulation, taxes and tort reform while Bush was Texas governor."

Wow, President Bush has friends, who would have thought it and he has a nickname for him, 'Kenny-boy'!

This piece as it turns out is not so much about Delay, but more on linking President Bush to Delay, guilty by association.

I am sure the President has many friends, some of them good, some of them bad - and unfortunately, Delay turned out to be not the wisest friend to have associated with the Bush team.

But if we are judged by those that help us, those that contribute to us, then you better be willing to open that door FULLY, because I am sure there are plenty of 'contributors' like George Soros from and many others that have backed other senators, congressmen and presidential candidates.

If President Bush is guilty, I will wait till an indictment comes down, and the court finds him so, because whether we still believe in the law (and I find it harder to believe in it each day - see below for why), we are still innocent until proven guilty.

Judge rules sex offender is too short for prison
5-foot-1 man gets 10 years probation for sexual assault of a child

SIDNEY, Neb. - A judge said a 5-foot-1 man convicted of sexually assaulting a child was too small to survive in prison, and gave him 10 years of probation instead.

His crimes deserved a long sentence, District Judge Kristine Cecava said, but she worried that Richard W. Thompson, 50, would be especially imperiled by prison dangers.

"You are a sex offender, and you did it to a child," she said.

But, she said, "That doesn't make you a hunter. You do not fit in that category."

Thompson will be electronically monitored the first four months of his probation, and he was told to never be alone with someone under age 18 or date or live with a woman whose children were under 18. Cecava also ordered Thompson to get rid of his pornography.

He faces 30 days of jail each year of his probation unless he follows its conditions closely.

"I want control of you until I know you have integrated change into your life," the judge told Thompson. "I truly hope that my bet on you being OK out in society is not misplaced."


To SHORT for prison?


I thought this was a joke, but it is true.

He sexually assaults a child, it is the judges job to issue sentence, not to determine whether someone reaches a hieght requirement for prison.

Was this judges last job working the rides at Disney land, making sure you reached the proper hieght requirement?

So, there was no real punishment for a sex offender, just probation.

See Sanity's Related Topics:
Have Judges Lost Thier Minds?

When is a Judge No Longer Fit to Serve?

Others blogging this issue:
Expose the Left, Sister Toldjah, Mark in Mexico, Say Anything