Any Justice At Justice? (July 30, 2007)
Federal courts in America typically are not in business to dispense justice. Federal courts generally protect and advance the interests of the Justice Department including executive agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Last week is notable because a federal judge in Boston ordered the federal government to pay $101.8 million to make amends for framing four men for a murder they did not commit, the largest sum of money ever awarded to people who were wrongfully convicted.
“It took 30 years to uncover this injustice,” Federal District Judge Nancy Gertner said in announcing her decision. She said the case was about “the framing of innocent men,” adding that “FBI officials allowed their employees up the line to ruin lives.”
And the current head of the FBI, Robert Mueller, appears to be telling the truth to Congress which may get his boss, Attorney Generalissimo Alberto Gonzalez, in trouble for perjury, obstruction of justice and other Republican pastimes.
Bumper sticker of the week:
There is no justice at Justice