Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Say what?

Apparently the group that did the excellent films of Planned Parenthood trying to sell fetal organs for a profit has been itself indicted for "tampering with government records" and "trying to purchase human organs."  Now this is really interesting, because one would think that a private organization like the "Center for Medical Progress" would have no access to government records at all--government offices have, of course, locked doors and limited access precisely to avoid this sort of thing.  Moreover, it is interesting as well that the would-be purchaser of human organs (that clearly did not want to purchase them in reality) is being prosecuted, but the would-be seller is not.  It really brings the situation of John 8 to mind--where the adulteress was brought to justice, but her paramour was not.  Jesus rightly rebuked the Pharisees in that case, to put it mildly.

So what's going on?  I am suspecting that the prosecutor decided to pull a fast one, and that what's going on is that she is saying that since some of the videos were edited for brevity, that constitutes tampering with government records. 

By the way, here's CMP's web page that clearly indicates that full footage is available.  There was no editing that would have inhibited the government's investigation, and it should be noted that attorneys edit evidence every day for clarity and brevity--it is their opponent in court who points out they edited things.  So if CMP belongs on trial, so does Devon Anderson and every other attorney who prosecutes, defends, or litigates.

So unless Anderson comes up with evidence of a Watergate style burglary, she's got a rather tough case to prove, and one where the obvious implications of the law she's trying to use are against her. Moreover, if she's twisted the law as much as it appears she has, she should be disbarred. 

Update: first of all, it appears that Devon Anderson is a she, not a he.  My mistake.  Also, it appears that the tampering with government records is about fake California drivers' licenses.  So apparently a Texas prosecutor is either trying to enforce California law, or the Texas law against tampering with government records does not actually have to do with, you know, tampering with Texas government records. 

When it comes to trial, it would be entertaining to see the prosecutor's office's voluminous records of felony convictions for college students with fake IDs, investigative journalists, and of course Texas' large number of illegal immigrants.  Don't look too long, however, since Houston is an unofficial sanctuary city.

Which is a long way of saying that this indictment is a classic example of very, very selective prosecution, combined with some very creative interpretations of the law.  Which, again, ought to get some person, or people, disbarred.


W.B. Picklesworth said...

Rule of Law? We don't have it. Therefore we are not a republic. We are a country with a myth. Or rather, myths. Rule of law; freedom; government of the people, by the people, for the people; etc...

I think that is why Trump is gaining traction. He gives at least the illusion of bucking against the Fraud. I don't think that's probably true, but people are hungry for someone who will recognize reality and speak honestly about it.

Bike Bubba said...

Yup, we've got lawlessness, so let's have some more of it and see how that one works out. Somehow "A Man for all seasons" comes to mind, where Thomas Moore notes that he'd give the Devil himself the benefit of the law.