Wednesday, October 05, 2005

The first we do, let's kill all the lawyers...

No, this isn't a piece about evangelical Christian lawyer Harriet Miers who would never ever have been considered for the Supreme Court had she not been friends with Bush. Let's put it another way, when W was looking for a lawyer in 1993 the first two turned him down before Miers was brought to his attention. Had one of those two lawyers accepted no one would have ever heard of Harriet Miers. Oh, you say, she worked for Microsoft and Disney? Woohoo. So have thousands of lawyers. Do you know their names? Talk about lowering the bar. Memo to all you law students out there. Don't write anything and if you do don't put your name on it. (I guess you can't prove I'm The Daily Curmudgeon so keep my name on the short list Mr. W) Being of the right religious background and friends with the president is much more important. A "good heart" is the only qualification I can see at this point. What's next? Just having a heart? Or a brain?

Speaking of brains...What the hell is going on in Texas? First, Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle indicts Tom DeLay for conspiracy to violate election laws and then when DeLay's lawyer, Dick DeGuerin files a quick motion to dismiss the charges Earle gets a second indictment to correct any errors the first charge had? From a grand jury that had been impaneled for like 10 minutes? Did they even know where the bathrooms were in the building? Ronnie baby, when you go to strike down the king, you strike him down. You finish the job. You don't let him get back up. You don't let him get away.

In his brief, DeGuerin argued that the conspiracy statute did not apply to the election code until the Legislature amended the law, effective Sept. 1, 2003, after the 2002 election. DeLay and his alleged "co-conspirators" are charged with sending $190,000 of corporate money to the Republican National Committee, which, in turn, donated the same amount of non-corporate money to seven Texas candidates' campaigns at their direction. The date on the $190,000 check to the committee was Sept. 13, 2002. The committee checks cut to candidates were dated Oct. 4, 2002. Simply because the new law explicitly stated the conspiracy statute applied to the election code after Sept. 1, 2003 doesn't mean it didn't apply before. But Earle should have anticipated this and the second indictment for money laundering should have been done when the first one was issued.

Secondly, there is a three-year statute of limitations and it could be argued that DeGuerin should have waited until at least Oct. 4, 2005 to file his motion to dismiss. But then I found out that last month DeLay signed a waiver of the statute of limitations in an attempt to head off an indictment! Say what? Who gave him that great advice? Some lawyer for DeLay who graduated from the Ringling Brothers School of Law? Now, of course, as the flip-flopper he is, DeLay wants to withdraw his waiver and fight the indictments on that basis. That's some great lawyering there counsel or should I call you Bozo?

Another point. If I remember correctly, conspiracies don't really have a statute of limitations problem because the conspiracy continues forever until it is exposed. That is, the co-conspirators keep silent to keep the conspiracy going so the statute of limitations doesn't start running at the time the actual underlying crime is committed.

What does all this mean? It means that there are some really bad lawyers and lawyering out there and I wouldn't be surprised if they one day all serve on the Supreme Court. A government as good as its people and now a Supreme Court as bad as its bad lawyers. God bless the United Cronies of W.

P.S. Brit Hume of Faux News, actually said W's pick of Miers wasn't cronyism because W was actually moving her out of his inner circle and over to another job. Boy I wish I was a crony of Roger Ailes or the like to get paid $2 million or so a year to spout ridiculous ideas. Right now I don't even make half that doing it.

LATE BONUS POSTING: Good commercial here. Probably banned by the Pat Robertson/Intelligent Design types who run this country now.


Anonymous poorbro said...

You make $1,000,000 per year? where's my cut?

11:00 AM  
Blogger Crankyboy said...

It's in the mail.

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Uncle H said...

Uncle H says

I know just where to start........HMMM

2:12 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

I didn't know you could kill a lawyer - doesn't it take a silver bullet or a wooden stake or something?

2:27 PM  
Blogger Crankyboy said...

Not if garlic is around.

3:04 PM  

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