Skip to comments.Are Rich and Powerful People Above the Law in America?
Posted on 07/01/2011 9:13:33 AM PDT by pinochet
The latest news concerning the Strauss-Kahn rape case, is that prosecutors are considering dropping the case, after Strauss-Kahn's lawyers managed to attack the reputation of the witness. I am convinced that rich and powerful people are above the law in America, because decisions on prosecuting people are made by politicians, or by prosecutors who have an eye on a political career, and do not want to piss off potential donors to their future campaigns.
In 1991, William Kennedy Smith, a nephew of Ted Kennedy, RFK, and JFK, was tried for rape. The facts of the case reported in the media were so convincing, that I had no doubt that he would be convicted. Three women had come forward with accusations that Smith had raped them in the 1980s, and were willing to testify on behalf of the victim. But my Uncle, a retired police officer in Portland, Oregon, told me that no nephew of Ted Kennedy and JFK was ever going to do time in prison. He made me a $500 bet, that the Kennedy nephew was going to walk. Foolishly, I made the bet, and I lost $500 to my uncle. The testimony of the 3 women who said that they were raped by Smith, was excluded by the Judge, and Smith was acquitted.
Two more women came forward in 2004 and 2005, alleging having being raped by Smith. One case was settled out of court, and the other resulted in a failed lawsuit. You are, of course, all aware of Kathleen Willey's rape claims against Bill Clinton, which the mainstream media had no interest in.
Rich people are mostly jailed when they commit crimes against other rich people, such as Bernie Maddoff, who stole from other rich people.
I am not engaging in left-wing class warfare by mentioning this fact. I am just stating a fact. Strauss-Kahn, Kennedy Smith, and Bill Clinton, are powerful men of the left, who have escaped accountability.
See this wikipedia entry on William Kennedy Smith http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Kennedy_Smith
Well we know that ‘Bammy’ thinks so.
Short answer, yes. Longer answer, H#LL YES!!! We are supposed to be a nation of laws, NOT men. However, court proceedings involving the rich prove otherwise.
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ALL leftist elitists think they SHOULD be above the law,
and not subject to the consequences of the rules they would impose on the rest of us.
Their goal is neo-feudalism under the guise of benevolent socialism.
I wouldn’t say they’re above the law but they can sure afford to destroy others in court. In the case of political criminals, they can pull in a lot of high powered favors.
Not all rich guys walk as Bernie Madoff shows. Andrew Luster is another rich guy who had the book thrown at him.
well at least she got a quick settlment and a so-so "apology"....
Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think that’s what’s happening here. I think that Strauss Kahn certainly misbehaved, but that the maid is, as reported, mixed up with drug smuggling and other fishy activities and that she disappointed the prosecutors by changing her story until it fell apart.
Clinton and Kennedy, of course, are quite another matter. But you didn’t find the law going out, clapping them into handcuffs, doing a perp walk for the news media, and spreading enough scandalous accusations that they lost their jobs.
I think they were out to nail Strauss Kahn, but the case fell apart on them. Just an opinion, of course, but I don’t think they treated him with the kind of kid gloves they would use for a Kennedy or Joe Biden’s son, or that type of situation.
Then it's impossible to be above the law........
What are you talking about? Everything I've read was that law enforcement discovered serious character issues.
I think you should get your facts and thoughts together before posting a screed like this.
Oh, and wikipedia is not a source.
There is some truth in what you say, but particulars matter. Rich people rarely do the kind of violent, predatory crimes that merit severe punishment. When they do, they tend to be clever enough to diminish their risks. Finally, many poor people represented by public defenders also go free because of the same technicalities and weaknesses in prosecution that the elite benefit from.
They aren’t above the law but their money puts them above the law because they will find someone in authority who can be bought. Same as this case here - only it took a bit longer. This does not surprise me at all. High priced lawyers - high priced results. It has nothing to do about justice.
If truth is not on one’s side - attack the accuser. Nothing new under the sun.
That used to be the case, but with cellphones equipped with still/video cameras, the modern Internet and TMZ.com, not so much anymore!
Yep. Life ain’t fair...
False sexual activity charges are more likely to be made against the rich and powerful, for obvious reasons, than against just anyone. (Not that there are not a plenitude of false sexual assault charges filed out of spite--the woman scorned syndrome.)
On the other hand, many genuine rapes go unreported, simply because nice women do not want the attention on a terribly humiliating episode, or are afraid of retaliation. The whole subject has now been politicalized to an extent which makes much improvement nearly impossible.