Christopher Valen's Blog – February 2008 Archive (3)

Politicizing Justice

60 Minutes reported last Sunday that fifty-two former state attorneys-general have asked Congress to investigate whether the conspiracy and bribery charges brought against former Alabama governor Don Siegelman were part of a five-year secret campaign to ruin the governor orchestrated by none other than President Bush’s chief hatchet man, Karl Rove.

A judge dismissed the first case against Siegelman in 2004 because it was so weak. The Justice Department re-indicted him in 2005 when he… Continue

Added by Christopher Valen on February 29, 2008 at 12:49pm — No Comments

Judges for Sale

Writing in the Wall Street Journal in November of 2007, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor said, “Judicial elections, which occur in some form in 39 states, are receiving growing attention from those who seek to influence them. In fact, motivated interest groups are pouring money into judicial elections in record amounts.”

Last year, candidates for one Wisconsin Supreme Court seat spent $6 million. Estimates run as high as $20 million this year for candidates running… Continue

Added by Christopher Valen on February 22, 2008 at 1:55am — No Comments

Criminal Misconduct

Timothy Masters was freed on January 26, 2008 in Fort Collins, Colorado after serving 9 1/2 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. The DNA from the victim’s body didn’t match that of Masters but of the woman’s former boyfriend, who had been dismissed as a suspect early in the case.

The lead detective, who relentlessly pursued Masters for ten years, is now under investigation for alleged misconduct. Evidence was manufactured. Rules were bent or broken. An innocent man suffered… Continue

Added by Christopher Valen on February 20, 2008 at 12:07pm — No Comments

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