Sunday, October 25, 2009

Another Reason to be Afraid

Cook County Illinois prosecutors are tired of being embarrassed because they keep wrongfully convicting innocent people. Rather than take up the issue internally, in order to prevent future miscarriages of justice, they have decided to go after the people who keep showing them up: The students of Northwestern University's Journalism School.
Seems the prosecutors are asking for subpoenas for the students' grades, grading criteria, class syllabus, expense reports and e-mail messages of the journalism students. Now, what crime is it that the prosecutors are investigating with the subpoenas? Embarrassment of a public official seems to be the leading cause that comes to mind.
But what I want to know is, what judge in their right mind would ever sign the subpoena? For most who read this blog, they will probably never come into contact with the law, and will never have to face the painful and permanent proctology exam otherwise known as being charged with a crime. But when prosecutors can decide on their own to harass and annoy innocent people who are just seeking justice (which is supposed to be the first duty of a prosecutor) don't believe for a moment, that you are immune. And don't turn to judges for help either, obviously.
I hope that this reminds all citizens to be suspicious of the work of our public servants.

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