Who Hijacked Our Country

Friday, February 20, 2009

Two Crooked Judges Ruin Thousands of Lives

Thank God for America's judicial branch. Our executive and legislative branches may be more crooked than Lombard Street, but judges are much less prone to bribery and corruption.

The following tragedy could only happen in some Godforsaken Third World shithole. Two judges — or whatever passes for a “judge” in this tinpot dictatorship — sentenced thousands of teenagers to long prison terms for minor offenses. Their motives had nothing to do with “law and order” or being “tough on crime.”

It was bribery, pure and simple. These judges got millions of dollars in kickbacks from the owners of the two private prisons where these “offenders” were sent. Some of these “trials” didn’t last more than a minute or two. It was more like a conveyor belt than a court of law, with thousands of teenage suspects being herded through the courtroom and straight into prison.

The two crooked “judges” — Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan — are now facing up to seven years in prison. Seven years, that’s it???

Then again, seven years in one of those backward third world prisons might teach them a lesson. Normally I’d be against prisoners being stomped by other inmates or tortured by guards. But in the case of these two douchebags — go for it. Seven years of brutal gang rapes might still be too good for these two flaming assholes (oops, pun alert).

Again, thank God for our judicial system. A horrifying tragedy like this could never happen here in the land of……..oh, wait…

cross-posted at Bring It On!


Blogger Randal Graves said...

You damn candyass lie-bruls. First that kid steals some DVDs, next thing you know, he'll move on to trucks and skyscrapers.

A little ole fashioned jailtime is just what those punks needed. So the judge made a little on the side. It's a tough economy and he has to put food on his family.

February 21, 2009 at 6:15 AM  
Blogger rockync said...

All those children robbed of their chance at a normal life. How many of us soaped a car, threw an egg or stole a candy bar in our lifetime?
I've been guilty of all these and was made to pay restitution - I had to clean the car, pay for the candy and apologize for the egg.
In my day that was called learning your lesson - the lesson of socially acceptable behavior.
I hope all those kids sue those judges to their very last dime and then get a judgement for any dime they make after they get out of jail.
This one is so reprehensible, so beyond human decency, I wish there was some barren rock in the middle of the ocean to deport them to.

February 21, 2009 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Randal: That's true, them judges have to put food on their families. And those children's disrespectful behavior shows that they isn't learning.

Rockync: I like your barren rock idea. That would be the most poetic of all -- being sued for every dime they'll ever get, and then banished to the middle of nowhere.

February 21, 2009 at 11:55 AM  
Anonymous Screamin' Mimi said...

There used to be a great barren rock in San Francisco Bay -- Alcatraz. When I was a kid, it was still a prison, and you could see those poor bastards when you went by on the ferry. As bleak as that was, it would be TOO GOOD for these two crooked judges. I've seen a tiny little adobe prison way out in the Nevada desert that actually looks about right for these two. For a LOOOONG time.

February 21, 2009 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SM: Yes, a tiny remote prison in the Nevada desert. Central heating all summer long; air conditioning in the winter. And they'd have a completely natural organic diet: the rats and cockroaches infesting their jail cells are guaranteed to contain no artificial additives.

February 21, 2009 at 2:55 PM  
Blogger DB said...

What these judges (and the others involved) did is unforgivable. They stole the youth of children. That is so bad that fairy tales are centered around such a horrible deed!

February 21, 2009 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

DB: That's true, those judges are like the evil villains from fairy tales. Or like child molesters, for that matter. And their punishment should fit the crime.

February 21, 2009 at 11:14 PM  
Blogger Carlos said...

My first thought was the same as yours: Seven years? That's it?

That people with this kind of authority are willing to perpetrate this kind of travesty is extremely disturbing.

I've always said we need establish different stadards of punishment for public servants, especially when it comes to breaking laws they wouldn't have been able to break had they not been in office.

These two idiots need to go away for a long time. What they did is unforgivable.

February 22, 2009 at 3:34 AM  
Blogger Carlos said...

Seems one of these two fucks is also accused of fixing a $35M lawsuit. I'm writing my congressmen this morning, demanding new legal standards.

February 22, 2009 at 3:58 AM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, America was damned the day greed became it's official religion.

February 22, 2009 at 6:42 AM  
Anonymous kate said...

greed, evil, and egomania are alive and well in our judicial system. the judges involved are probably outraged that people are making such a big deal out of this, after all they are JUDGES and those little perps are just nobodies. I mean, come on, who's more important?

February 22, 2009 at 11:07 AM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

Some "justice" system we have, that's for sure. We looked at this awhile back, and we realized that rarely is the question asked: is our judges criminals?

I think an old friend of your paid me a visit. Same talking points, same disorganized writing style. I posted a reply designed to bring him out, but he hasn't been back.

February 22, 2009 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Carlos: Thanks for the link. The plot thickens. It just keeps getting better and better. Or should I say, that judge is even more of a scumbag than I thought.

Lew: You're right. They may call it "Christianity" but if they had a truth-in-labeling law, they'd have to call it Greed.

Kate: I think that's true of VIPs and high-ranking politicians in general. The world revolves around themselves and the rest of us are just ants that need to get out of the way or get stepped on.

JR: I checked out your site. "Republican Disabled Veteran" -- ver-r-r-ry interesting. I was sure he must be filed away in a padded room somewhere, but like that Steven King story was titled, "Sometimes They Come Back."

RV was usually a lot more hostile and more foul-mouthed than that, but before he went totally off the deep end, he used to make those same long-winded comments with one long quotation after another.

February 22, 2009 at 3:04 PM  
Anonymous Bee said...

I hope they put these guys in general population. They won't last 5 minutes before being gang-raped and shanked. Judges are not the most popular people in prison, for obvious reason, and odds are, some of those adult felons when through their courtrooms as kids. I would imagine some serious grudges there.

February 22, 2009 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Bee: Yes, definitely the general prison population for those 2 bastards. I'm sure there'll be some grudges and scores to settle. Whatever gangraping and shanking those 2 SOBs get, it'll still be too good for them.

February 22, 2009 at 6:18 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Seven years for what those judges did is unbelievable. They should serve not one day less than 20 years of hard time in a state pen and lose every last dime they have.

I don't think the corrupt judges should be gang raped or tortured. However, it would be fitting if they had to endure long, humiliating years as houseboys and gofers, waiting hand and foot on very big, very bad fellow inmates.

February 23, 2009 at 12:40 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: I wouldn't literally approve of gang-rape or torture for any prisoner, even somebody as despicable as those 2 judges. But it feels good to rant and fume while I'm writing. It cuts down on my booze consumption :)

But I do like the idea of "long, humiliating years as houseboys and gofers, waiting hand and foot on very big, very bad fellow inmates."

February 23, 2009 at 12:59 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Remember Devil's Island, as depicted in the movie "Papillon"? I think that is the kind of place those judges should spend some quality time... with people like Bernard Madoff and Merrill Lynch's John Thain.

February 23, 2009 at 8:32 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Tom, I well understand about the feel-good aspect of getting off a good rant. I didn't mean to sound judgmental in my previous comment. Outrage about this is certainly appropriate.

February 23, 2009 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: Yup, Devil's Island would be the perfect place for those 2 judges and the worst of the Wall Street parasites.

SW: Ah yes, good old outrage. At "Bring It On" where I cross-post everything, a commenter asked me how I get through the day when I'm so full of hatred. I told him that hatred is more stimulating that caffeine and cheaper than heroin.

February 24, 2009 at 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PRIVATIZING and OUTSOURCING of government duties always puts PROFITS OVER PEOPLE ...... HALIBURTON , BLACKWATER , TREDD INVESTORS and CHENEY profited from the IRAQ INVASION , while US troops continue to be shortchanged ........ KANGAROO ARBITRATORS sell ''ORDERS'' because the MOB of sid korshak , jake arvey , jake factor , jake marra , BUGSY SELTZER , MARK CIAVARELLA , Gerald Garson , PET HOLLANDER , etc . don't follow the law ...... lawyers fix cases because the BAR protects lawyer parasites .

May 27, 2009 at 8:46 AM  

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