Skip to comments.Here’s What a Modern Political Witch Hunt Looks Like
Posted on 03/14/2018 8:34:24 AM PDT by Kaslin
You dont have to go back to the 1600s and Salem, Massachusetts. Just look at whats happening to Republican Governor Eric Greitens in the state of Missouri in 2018.
A Democrat prosecutor in St. Louis, Kim Gardner, has indicted the sitting Republican Governor. Its an astonishing caseand an abuse of the legal system unlike anything weve seen in recent memory.
Heres what we know: The prosecutor admitted in court that she brought the indictment without the evidence to win the case. In fact, in open court, she had to beg and plead with the judge for more time to gather the facts. Conveniently for Democrats in Missouri, her idea of more time was a trial date just before the mid-term elections in November. That, of course, helps her and her fellow Democrats continue to take shots at the Governor, the most popular conservative figure in Missouri in a generation.
Ive known this Governor for over a dozen years. When I was a Commissioner for the White House Fellowship program, his application came across our desks. And he was a slam-dunk candidate. He was a Navy SEAL, with a Rhodes Scholars mind and a boxers toughnessand a compassionate heart. He had worked with refugee and orphan children around the world as a humanitarian. We awarded him the White House Fellowship, and he was then, and remains now, one of the most impressive alumni of that program Id ever come across.
When he ran for Governor on a strong, conservative platformemphasizing his commitment to veterans, his belief in small businesses, and, in a state that was still reeling from the riots in Ferguson, his steadfast support of law enforcementthose who knew him were sure hed win. And he did. The people of Missouri wanted a strong outsider, and thats what they got.
And in the last year, hes governed as youd expect a Navy SEAL to govern: hes gotten things done, made a few enemies along the way, but managed to pursue a conservative agenda of bringing back American jobs, lowering taxes, and keeping the people of Missouri safe.
The problem for Democrats, of course, is that hes been successful. A Republican Governor in Americas heartland is proving that conservative values and beliefs actually work. And in the same way that Democrats at the national level use any tool at their disposal to attack President Trump, so the Democrats in Missouri are using the legal system to come after Governor Greitens.
Heres the fundamental issue: this case isnt just an attack on a single conservative Governor. This is an attack on the very foundations of the American justice system. If we allow prosecutors to go after their political opponents using the legal system, then the law ceases to have any meaning, and politics ceases to have any fairness. One of the reasons that our Founders wrote the Constitution the way they did is because they wanted to eliminate the use of the law as a weapon to settle political scores or pursue personal animus.
If you want to see what happens when politics burrows its way into the legal system, take a look at authoritarian regimes and Communist dictatorships. There, your fate in the legal system is determined by how the leader feels about you that day; there may be a judge, maybe even a jury, but its all a show, a fiction, a set-up.
That is what Kim Gardner has brought to the city of St. Louis and the state of Missouri: a legal process that would make Kim Jong Un and Saddam Hussein proud. In a testament to just how much shes borrowing from the authoritarian playbook, shes even circumvented the police. Rather than use officers of law enforcementmen and women who swear oaths to uphold our ConstitutionKim Gardner paid a $10,000 retainer and $250 per hour to out-of-state private investigators to look into the Governor.
Heres the part that would make her the envy of dictators around the world: in her contract with these private investigators, they are forbidden from writing any of their findings down. Thats right: All evidence they collect must be submitted to her orally, in person, hidden entirely from public view.
That is not how the justice system of the United States of America works. But Kim Gardner doesnt care about justice. What she cares about is politics. How do we know? Because throughout this case, she has plastered herself all over the liberal media in Missouri, giving interview after interview and quote after quote about this case. Its her fifteen minutes of famea chance to go from unknown prosecutor to state-wide celebrity. And like other liberal politicians who use politics to become celebrities, Kim Gardner is paving her political future at the expense of the people of Missouri, their tax dollars, and the integrity of their justice system.
We have a justice system in this country for a reason. And when the duly elected officials of that justice system use it to pursue political and personal ends, it insults our founding creeds and tarnishes the legal and ethical foundations of this country. Kim Gardner is nothing short of a threat to the United States of America as we know it. It is my hope that the good people of Missouri and the stewards of its judicial system stop her before its too late.
Democrats have weaponized our schools and our judicial system. The solution is obvious, just ugly, but it will be solved sooner rather than later.
We need to find a way to fix it. Because it is very broken at all levels.
I don't know how to do it, but the legal culture of "just win for your client" is toxic. Lawyers on both sides should be trying to find the truth and punish the guilty. I see no benefit to a system where a defense attorney knows their client is a terribly guilty person and yet tries to get them off scot-free. That's bad. And attorneys who engage in lawfare should be disbarred.
This is nothing against the governor, but it’s a crappy article. I searched in vain for any mention of what the governor is being accused of, or why the accusations are false. This fails the basic test of the “Five W’s” of journalism.
The prosecutor admitted in court that she brought the indictment without the evidence to win the case. In fact, in open court, she had to beg and plead with the judge for more time to gather the facts
The quisling judge should have dismissed with prejudice at this point, found the Prosecutor in Contempt of Court, Sanctioned $10,000 and Remanded for 30 days with a Referral for Criminal Prosecution and Permanent Disbarment.
Easy peasy to find.
The dems used the “legal” system to stymie and then destroy Palin in Alaska AFTER the 2008 election. They filed a blizzard of lawsuits and “ethics” complaints in an effort to bankrupt her family, and keep her from actually governing the state.
The rats are just plain evil. They must be destroyed
You forgot about shooting her dog.
“The rats are just plain evil. They must be destroyed.”
Hate to say but I agree with you. They openly hate the Constitution, they hate our country, they hate our flag, they hate our culture, and they want to destroy everything that is ‘America’.
These are the domestic enemies the Founders feared.
If this is true, then if the judge was honorable, he/she would have put a stop to the case at that hearing.
Don’t see how we can co-exist with people whose entire understanding of law is as a political weapon to be leveraged against enemies.
The governor is accused of taking a picture of a woman he was having an affair with (several years ago) and violating her “expectation of privacy”. The law was written to prosecute guys who take pictures of women in tanning salons, etc., but has, in this case been stretched to include the idea of taking a picture without the subject’s consent.
What’s interesting is that the only evidence the picture exists is the woman telling her husband (he recorded the call) that Greitens was threatening her with it. She claims she was blindfolded but saw a flash. The prosecution does not possess the photo and no one has claimed to have seen it.
Yet he is being charged with a felony by St Louis prosecutor. I believe a Republican in Texas was hounded out of office by an Austin prosecutor. The case was dismissed but the Republican’s career was ruined. As far as I know the prosecutor suffered no ill effect from his efforts. I suspect neither will the St Louis prosecutor.
Thank you for your reply. I could not have said it any better
Travis county DA tried to do a similar thing to Rick Perry.
The Dems also used this tactic on Tom DeLay and in the infamous “John Doe” case in Wisconsin against Gov. Walker supporters. It has gotten to be such a familiar tactic by Dems that it is called “Lawfare” (using the Law as an instrument of warfare against your political opponents).
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