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Blagojevich Due Process Rights Violated by Democrats

Posted by iusbvision on December 29, 2008

Well the first impeachment hearing has begun in the Illinois State House and with ethical rigor that rival’s soviet standards of justice, the leadership of the Democratic Party have denied Governor Blagojevich the right to have witnesses in his defense.

If the shoe were on the other foot and it was Republicans impeaching a Democrat they would be crying about due process. The media would be having a field day about what fascists the Republicans are and how your due process are next “because that is just how Republicans are” etc.  In the face of Blegojevich’s basic due process rights being violated to help other Democrats, the word from the elite media now is silence.

Don’t get me wrong, any politician from the “Chicago Democratic Machine” is going to be tainted with corruption, if not full blown political scum,  but even scum deserve proper due process. This just goes to show how basic rights don’t mean crap to those in the Democratic Party leadership when it comes to preserving their power. All of you secular leftists at school who lie to yourselves and others by calling each other “liberals” should try to justify this in the comments section below. I am dying to see what excuse you come up with to justify this.

Has it gotten to the point where basic due process rights have to be written into the Constitution itself and into the constitutions of the several states because those in power like to make it up as they go for their own convenience and situational ethics?

Illinois House committee agrees to U.S. attorney’s request; criminal case was called at risk
By Rick Pearson | Tribune reporter
December 28, 2008

Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s attorney will not get to call key aides of President-elect Barack Obama to testify at impeachment hearings after U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald told an Illinois House panel doing so would “significantly compromise” his ongoing criminal investigation of the governor.

The chairman of the House impeachment committee, state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago), will respect Fitzgerald’s request and not issue the subpoenas for incoming White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and close Obama friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett, panel spokesman Steve Brown said Saturday. Ed Genson, Blagojevich’s attorney, sought their testimony before the impeachment panel.

Don’t let the “it may compromise a criminal probe” excuse fool you. If it suited the political leadership they would tell Fitzgerald to cram it and subpoena them anyway, but for the sake of argument, let’s say that the Illinois House really was interested in preserving the criminal probe (that has already been tainted by a corrupt and self serving US Attorney who is leading the probe). In order to preserve the due process rights of the accused you delay the impeachment hearing, or you let the accused have his witnesses, but you do not violate the rights of the accused. Without those witnesses any impeachment hearing is a sham.

One Response to “Blagojevich Due Process Rights Violated by Democrats”

  1. CBF said

    I am convinced that you know nothing about constitutional law or the separation of powers.

    [My Constitutional Law professor (who is a sitting federal Judge) and my First Amendment Case law professor would get a chuckle by your statement.

    What I am convinced of, is that you don’t have what it takes between the ears to argue the point with me, because if you did, you would have.

    Here is a news flash for you, just because an impeachment is not subject to judicial review because of seperation of powers (Nixon v. US), doesn’t mean that the rules the Senate used were in line with the common law rights of due process that have preceeded the Constitution and considered “God given” by the Founders. The Founders did not hope that the American People would tolerate our leaders abandoning basic common law rights of facing your accuser, cross examination, and the right to put on a defense, just because you might be able to get away with it.

    The Senate is supposed to put on a trial, that word “trial” means things in the American system. If behaving how the Illinois Senate did was what the Founder’s intended they would have said that the Senate shall conduct a “T-Board” or a “Star Chamber”.

    Your comment is more evidence that American civics education no longer exists. – Editor]

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