And Is It Ever A Scary Ride
As reported by Richard B. Schmitt in the Los Angeles Times, the Justice Department is creating new rules that will usurp the authority of the courts, and the Attorney General the power to shorten the appeal process for Death Row inmates, in essence, “fast tracking” their executions. This power will be over both federal and state prisoners.
As reported by Schmitt, these new rules were some of the “fine print” slipped in to the U.S. Patriot Act:
The rules implement a little-noticed provision in last year’s reauthorization of the Patriot Act that gives the attorney general the power to decide whether individual states are providing adequate counsel for defendants in death penalty cases. The authority has been held by federal judges.
Under the rules now being prepared, if a state requested it and Gonzales agreed, prosecutors could use “fast track” procedures that could shave years off the time that a death row inmate has to appeal to the federal courts after conviction in a state court.
The move to shorten the appeals process and effectively speed up executions comes at a time of growing national concern about the fairness of the death penalty, underscored by the use of DNA testing to establish the innocence of more than a dozen death row inmates in recent years.
So as it seems to stand, in the near future, the man who has been an incompetent, lying top cop, who has demonstrated that his service and loyalty are not for upholding the Constitution, are not for serving the people of the United States, but only to serve a corrupt administration that is bent on killing people, whether overseas, or here at home, will further pervert justice in America:
Critics also say there is a major conflict of interest for the nation’s top law enforcement officer to judge the qualifications of lawyers defending people whom government officials are seeking to put to death.
Others have doubts about giving Gonzales in particular more power. His judgment has been challenged over his handling of the firing of eight U.S. attorneys last year, among other matters.
Death penalty foes also say his record on the issue inspires no confidence that the rules will be administered fairly. As legal advisor to then-Texas Gov. George Bush in the 1990s, he gave what many saw as cursory treatment of clemency petitions of capital defendants whom the state subsequently put to death.
“It is almost a cruel joke for Congress to have said, ‘What we would like to do is improve the way states handle these’ . . . and then put it in the hands of, all people, the attorney general,” said Lawrence Fox, a Philadelphia lawyer who teaches legal ethics at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. “It really is quite extraordinary. He is the chief prosecutor of the United States. He couldn’t possibly be unbiased.”
Fox said he would have problems with any attorney general wielding that power.
How much more damage will Alberto and the Bushliburton administration do to our country before they are through?