Lake Erie Conservative

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Posts Tagged ‘Criminal procedure’

… the Department of InJustice cannot sustain a Case [#Michael Brown]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,December 20th,2014

.. god knows , AG Holder & his krewe are looking for an excuse for bringing civil rights charges against Ferguson , Mo police officer Darren Wilson . They would dearly love to do it ….

.. However , there has to be sound legal ground to do it . The local D.A. would have to totally butcher and botch the investigation . That is highly unlikely . Also , the state of Missouri would have to ” drop the ball . ” Also , highly unlikely . So , there will not be a pretext for federal intervention …

.. [h/t — NYSlimes.com]..
.. [link] to the news story …

.. however , a determination not to prosecute by the local county D.A. is not a legit pretext for federal intervention . The D.A. is not stupid . He is going to present the case to a diverse panel of a grand jury . Then , that panel will take a vote . That vote [a ” true bill ” (or indictment) , or a ” no true bill ” (no indictment)] will be it ….

.. An indictment means a trial . But , there could be a plea . Also , the ” no true bill ” should mean the end of it . It should , but given the charged climate that is St. Louis County , that is highly unlikely . Maybe the AG could give the locals a lesson in how the justice system really works …

.. One can always have hope . In this Administration ‘ s Department of InJustice , I doubt it …

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… Penn State ‘ s NCAA penalty should be altered …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,September 3rd,2013

.. What has mattered most , has been changed . The wins have been vacated . JoePa ‘ s record has been changed . His reputation has been forever stained . Jerry Sandusky has been convicted at a criminal trial , and that judgement has been upheld at appeal . Thankfully , the University will be able to reach reasonable settlements with those young people who were harmed by Sandusky ‘ s actions . Was it enough ?

.. All the good that he did was not ruined , though . It was not just the money that JoePa raised for PennState and for scholarships . He had set a strong moral example throughout his career . That part was effectively ruined . The selfless parts were not .

.. Has PennState been punished enough . The stiff financial penalties are tough , to be sure (a $60 million fine , paid over 5 years , along with the bowl ban , and revenue restrictions) .

.. The scholarship limits on the program , though , are I think far too much . The other penalties are stiff . PennState ‘ s reputation has been forever altered . The civil settlements act as an added penalty against the Penn State student body . The University and its athletic program have been punished enough .

.. Penn State ‘ s football scholarship limits should be changed . Last year ‘ s reductions , and this years , should count . One more year would be fair . Not two more , after this year . Especially not 4 years , starting after this year . That is waaaaaay beyond the pale .

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