Thursday, July 29, 2010

Don't do it!

That's all I keep getting lately, stop criticizing the cops, stop criticizing the state attorneys office, they're gonna come after you.  So is that the way it goes?  Or worse, every instance of misconduct I've exposed is countered with a "it happens all the time" from attorneys and cops.

Hey I caught the cop perjuring himself again...
It happens all the time.
Look, I busted the cop fabricating evidence!
It happens all the time.
Check it, I caught the prosecutor coercing a witness and fabricating a witness statement!
It happens all the time.
Damn, I found exculpatory evidence that the prosecutors been hiding,
It happens all the time.
Holy crap, the prosecutor lied to the judge!
It happens all the time.
Is that it?  Should we sit by and watch this kind of police and prosecutorial misconduct occur again and again and expect to be appeased with a simple "it happens all the time"?  Is that enough?  Should we cower under our beds for fear of retaliation from the "man" if we expose his wrong doings?  If the police department and the state attorneys office are really about finding the truth and looking for justice, shouldn't rooting out bad apples within their own offices be of the utmost importance to them rather than retaliating against people who expose them?

Last night while going through some old posts, I come across this pleading from the Gaston Smith case, I found this part of the transcript (which came from an illegal recording of an interview) particularly troubling...

Now correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the prosecutor in that case telling the witness what to say?  At the very least you have to give this guy credit, at least he went through the motions and tried to get the witness to say what he wants, unlike Prosecutor Kostrzewski who creates his own witness statement, a statement based on questions that the witness denies ever being asked...

Even worse, how about Prosecutor Kostrzewski's main witness against one of the people he charged not being able to identify the person he's testifying against?  Imagine that?  Your witness can't identify the person he's testifying against yet his testimony is good enough for you to try to send someone to jail?  PFFFFFFFFT!

So what's the deal?  Sit back and ignore the cops and prosecutors breaking the law or continue on exposing their misdeeds?  I think you already know the answer...

1 comment:

  1. Continue to expose them, of course. The problem is that they have all the power, so if they want to set you up for anything at all, they could. With the right judge, you will languish in jail. There are so many people in jail who did nothing more than stand up for themselves or for somebody else. All the proof in the world does no good if you can't get a trial. Worse, your trial could be fixed and you could wind up with a judgement for prison. It happens all the time.
    You could always go underground (to avoid winding up there.)