Discussion in 'Law and Justice System' started by DGS49, Jun 11, 2019.
"The news that Manafort will be held in isolation at Rikers..." He'll be just fine, Skippy.
Aren't you a "law and order" type OP?
I thought you folks were tough on crime?
Why whine over a known criminal?
Old Tax issues not being looked at until he worked for Trump. Disgrace.
Rangel, Cummings, Clinton Foundation and Probably 100 DEM politicians (and RINO) probably did 10X worse. Selective Persecution. Payback should be massive. The new muslim committed fraud, filing joint.
Leftism Makes People Meaner: Reflections on the Torture of Paul Manafort.
Neither liberalism nor conservatism makes people kinder or meaner. But this is not the case with leftism. With the handful of exceptions that accompany every generalization, leftism makes people meaner, even crueler.
Take the transfer of Manafort, the one-time Trump campaign manager, from a federal prison to New York's Rikers Island prison. Rikers Island is universally regarded as a wretched place. As Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz wrote:
The decision to move Paul Manafort ... from the decent federal prison to which he was sentenced to solitary confinement to the dangerous hell hole that is New York City's Rikers Island seems abusive and possibly illegal.
I know Rikers well having spent time there visiting numerous defendants accused of murder and other violent crimes. It is a terrible place that no one should ever be sent to.
Mass murderers and torturers are among those incarcerated at Rikers Island.
Moreover, Manafort, found guilty solely for white-collar crimes, will be placed in solitary confinement -- "for his own safety."
Virtually everyone who has written about solitary confinement, both on the right and the left, deems it torture. Manafort will therefore be tortured after being sentenced to seven years' imprisonment for fraud and, in the words of the Daily Wire, "a little-known law that requires lobbyists to report that they are working on behalf of a foreign government (in Manafort's case, Ukraine)."
Angry over the possibility that Manafort may be pardoned by President Trump, the Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus Vance, charged Manafort with additional crimes based on state law. That way, if found guilty of state offenses, he cannot be pardoned by Trump, as the president's power to pardon applies only to federal -- not state -- crimes.
Everyone knows this prosecution is politically motivated. Vance hates the president and wants to use solitary confinement in a hellhole with violent criminals to squeeze Manafort into testifying against the president.
As Dershowitz said, what Vance is doing reminds him of Stalin and Beria -- the infamous state prosecutor, a man Stalin referred to as "my Himmler." Dershowitz, a lifelong liberal Democrat and supporter of Hillary Clinton, does not use Stalin analogies loosely.
Solitary confinement is "basically a deathtrap," former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik wrote when Manafort was placed in solitary at his federal prison. Manafort should never have been sentenced to solitary confinement. But Robert Mueller (and Judge Amy Berman Jackson) sought it for the same political reason Vance has: to break the man.
As former federal prosecutor Sidney Powell wrote:
When a witness or defendant from whom prosecutors want 'cooperation' does not do as they demand, they put him in solitary confinement. And it works. It literally breaks people.
Solitary does have a place in our prison system, but only for those people who are simply too dangerous to be placed around others at all. However, the torture of solitary confinement should never be used as it is now to break people to prosecutors' will -- to torture them until they will say or do anything to get out.
"Solitary is also called the 'hole.' It's a small space, barely large enough to stand, with a slit for light, to which prisoners are confined/caged for 23 hours a day...
Paul Manafort, seventy years old, has endured this torture for eight months. He's now in a wheelchair, while Judge Amy Berman Jackson mocks his rapidly deteriorating health. Where is the outcry from the ACLU?
So, then, what enables Vance, Mueller and Jackson to engage in such evil?
The only answer is their politics -- the politics of the Trump-hating left. Leftism has given them permission to act vilely and mercilessly while thinking of themselves as fine people -- just as evil doctrines have done throughout history.
We witness this leftist mean-spiritedness in the personal cruelty of left-wing agitators against those with whom they differed.
If your child returned home from college a leftist, was he or she a kinder or meaner person than before he or she left for college?
The question is rhetorical.
Rumor has it that they only have iceberg lettuce at the federal prison in Loretto, Penn. where he will be staying for his TDY...
Paul Manafort Seemed Headed to Rikers. Then the Justice Department Intervened.
What the hell... I thought you progressive types thought Manafort was a dangerous criminal and needed to be in solitary confinement... I mean my gawd the man is 70+ years old and mismanaged some tax records with a sharp pencil...
Hey dickheads he is going to Club Fed for the Salad Bar...
Where is the Outrage about Paul Manafort?
A man with tens of millions of dollars in income, an autocrats' and cleptocrats' willing, eager accomplice, convicted for multiple elaborate tax evasion and bank fraud schemes, and facing even more charges under State law. Yeah, we'd really like to know where your outrage is over that criminal's habitual criminality.
Once you can find that outrage, you might have some standing regarding the brutalization of millions of inmates throughout the inhumane U.S. incarceration industry. We'll wait.
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