Friday, August 12, 2011

Everything in court should be this simple...


We can only assume this is a defendant's brilliant answer to some sort of paternity suit...

Brilliant in it's simplicity and brevity, unfortunately in real life nothing is that simple.  

I'm not going to blather on today about how screwed up our court system is, what I will say though is that I'm deeply saddened by what I've seen transpire recently in the second phase of the Plantation Cops mortgage fraud case.  We've seen several instances of the government objecting vehemently to the defendants introducing other instances of fraud committed by the governments cooperating witnesses, we've also seen several instances of the government objecting to the introduction of forged and or fake loan documents created by their cooperating witnesses Matt Gulla and Rene Rodriguez Jr, but that's not the worst of it.  The defense has now come forward with allegations of witness tampering and even more grand jury misconduct by the government.  From what we're told there have been several instances where people who were going to come forward and give favorable testimony for the defendants at the grand jury were told to leave if they were going to do so.  We're also told that there's going to be evidence of FDLE and other government agents threatening to charge witnesses criminally if they didn't come clean with damaging testimony against the defendants.  So far there hasn't been any evidence of these allegations provided to the court, according to what defense attorney Michael Dennis Walsh has told the court, the evidence of these nefarious deeds will be presented shortly.  

Are any of these allegations by the defense plausible or are they simply a defense tactic designed to muddy the waters?  Under any other circumstances I'd dismiss such allegations as being pure fantasy, but after watching how the criminal justice works over the last couple of years and seeing first hand the "win at any cost" attitude that seems to infect most law enforcement agents and prosecutors, I wouldn't be surprised if the allegations were in some part true.  As outrageous as the claims of witness intimidation seem, they're no different in what we'd already seen in the Barrera mortgage fraud case where the cops basically intimidated their best witness into saying what they wanted under the threat of arrest.  

We're going to have to wait and see what the defense comes up with, in the mean time consider this quote from philosopher, author, critic, actor, and civil rights activist Dr. Cornel West...
Justice is what love looks like in public.
Based on what we've seen on this blog alone over the last few years, we must be a group of nasty, fucked up, dysfunctional MF'S!!!

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