God's Hit List
Two former attorneys general from Utah, one
of our most churchgoing states, have struck a courageous blow
against stereotypes by getting arrested
for (allegedly) bein' real sleazy. John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff
face 13 and 10 counts of corruption-related charges, respectively, for
allegedly accepting money and gifts from businessmen who were under
legal scrutiny for dumb-sounding Internet get-rich-quick schemes and
other boiler-room-style fraud:
Shurtleff made two trips to the lavish Pelican Hill Resort near Newport Beach, California, paid for by Marc Sessions Jenson, a Salt Lake businessman the attorney general's office had prosecuted for selling unregistered securities and who was on probation at the time.
Shurtleff personally arranged a plea deal for Jenson that was so lenient that a judge rejected it, the charges say. The judge accepted a second plea agreement that also allowed Jenson to avoid jail but imposed $4.1 million in restitution. Jenson failed to repay investors and is now serving a 10-year prison sentence.
According the charges, Shurtleff and Swallow told Internet marketer Jonathan Eborn that contributing to Shurtleff's election campaign would benefit him if he were investigated. Eborn, who owned Infusion Media, subsequently donated $30,000.
Shurtleff also is accused of accepting gifts from indicted businessman Jeremy Johnson, who also contributed to the former attorney general's campaign. Specifically, prosecutors allege he used Johnson's personal jet and other property.
Jonathan Eborn was one of the operators of a scam called "Google Money
Tree," while Jeremy Johnson's company "used
numerous websites to tout bogus government grants that were available to
stop foreclosures and to pay down debt."
Shurtleff served from 2001 to 2013 as Utah's attorney general; Swallow, his "handpicked" successor, has already resigned. Shurtleff is also accused of dropping a mortgage lawsuit against Bank of America shortly before leaving office because he was negotiating for a job with a law firm that represented Bank of America.
The Breakdown of Justice
The Justice Project may be a well-intentioned group, and they present many excellent facts about our justice system which are ignored by the media, but good intentions aren't enough to stop the onslaught of injustice in this putative Christian nation. Instead, they propose to:
We already have 60 times as many lawyers as Japan. 70% of the world's lawyers are in the US. To propose a program to increase the number of lawyers even more is not merely self-serving to the legal profession--it's tantamount to Ford announcing that they're going to triple production because too many of their cars are causing accidents. It's like saying that the solution to the problem is to make the problem ten times worse, which is a typical government bureaucracy solution. It's like saying that the only solution to an oil leak in your car is to keep the trunk full of extra cans of oil.
The PROBLEM needs to be FIXED. It doesn't need a band-aid, it needs a SOLUTION. The false allegations and all those who participated in the scam need to be STOPPED, including the lawyers who knew what they were doing. The very people who created this problem cannot be entrusted with resolving it.
Relying on Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), a former prosecutor, to sponsor the Innocence Protection Act of 2001 is more foolish than asking children to guard the candy store. What have people like him done to arrest and convict the more than 270,000 murderers in the last 4 decades who've never been brought to justice? Nothing. Instead, they IGNORE the murderers and put dope addicts and family squabbles on their "10 Most Wanted" list. Why is Robert Ross, whose own mother, the "victim" in this case, is quoted as saying "Robert's arrest was a mistake", on this list? Could they not find a White murderer instead? What about all the Mexicans who murdered a White man who were never brought to justice? Why is Mark Sanderson, a marijuana user, on the list? Did he take a violent toke on his joint?
What about the MURDERERS? What about the niggers who're committing genocide of the White Race?
Historic Death Penalty Legislation Passes in Maryland State Senate Committee
Moratorium One Step Closer to Law --
Bill Now Goes Before Full Senate for a Vote
(Annapolis, MD)- On Tuesday, the Maryland State Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee passed a bill establishing a one-year moratorium on executions while a study of the punishments fairness is completed. A similar bill cleared the House of Delegates on March 24th.
"This is a historic and important vote, for Maryland and for the country," said Peter Loge, Director of the Death Penalty Initiative at The Justice Project. "Maryland legislators who both support and oppose the death penalty said that before our criminal justice system hands out punishment, it must first give justice."
Senator Walter Baker, the Chairman of the Committee, initially said that the bill, SB 316, would not receive a vote. Last week he changed direction and indicated he would allow a vote on the legislation, but that he still opposes it. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller is taking a similar position, committing to allowing a vote while working against the bill.
"The American people overwhelmingly support such legislation," Loge said. "Recent state and national polls show nearly three-quarters of Americans support a moratorium on executions while issues of fairness are resolved," he added, pointing to a national survey commissioned by The Justice Project and an independent poll in Pennsylvania, both of which show 72% support for such a move.
"This legislation isnt about the death penalty, its about fairness," said Loge. "Everyone in Maryland regardless of their position on the death penalty, shares a commitment to equal access to the courts."
"This bill doesnt take anyone off death row, it makes sure we execute those who are guilty of the worst crimes, not because of their skin color or their victims skin color," Loge said. The study will also look at the roles income and geography play in sentencing.
The legislation now goes to the full Senate for a vote, which is scheduled to occur on Thursday, April 5. Researchers conducting the study have indicated that the amended version before the Senate, which provides for only a one year moratorium, will not give them enough time to conduct a thorough investigation. The House version of the bill called for a two-year moratorium. The General Assembly adjourns on April 9th, so all voting must be completed before then. Governor Glendening has not indicated whether or not he would sign the measure into law.
A number of states, including Texas and North Carolina, are also considering imposing temporary moratoria on executions while studies of the punishments fairness are completed.