Archive for March, 2009

American Justice

March 28, 2009

In my youth, I would rather run wild in the woods than watch Television but on rainy days or when it was too dark and cold in winter to be outside, there were books and Television. One family favorite was Perry Mason that intrepid seeker of truth who was part detective and part Defense lawyer who got his clients off by seeking the truth and inevitably finding the guilty party.

Well, this vision is pretty much bullshit in our modern world. Law is no longer about a noble lawyer in a battle to learn the truth. It is a combative blood sport played by pugnacious lawyers out to win at all cost. The outcome of the trial is not a matter or guilt or innocence but simply a battle to tell the most believable story and score a win for the story teller. The fact that justice may or may not be served is somewhat irrelevant.

The art of story telling is so important that it is now taught in law schools all over the nation and there is  a national ranking of law schools that teach Trial Advocacy or how to develop a detailed story which will allow you to win your case.

Now the following brief description of the new system of American Justice is very jaded:

Each party to a trial has the opportunity to tell a story…The person who succeeds in telling the most persuasive story should win….Devising the story you tell at trial is a creative process since the facts in the case file will almost always be subject to multiple interpretations. To imagine the most persuasive trial story, imagine a series of alternative scenarios and assess each for its clarity, simplicity, and believability..

This is a pretty disgusting view of American Justice but it’s exactly that taught by Prosecutor, Jill Trumbull-Harris, as she wrote the book with a coauthor and that’s a quote from page 19 of the book. It’s easy to see how this attitude would corrupt the justice system especially when used by the government prosecutor in a trial. An overbearing government can coach witnesses, include or disallow evidence and tell any story they want with impunity. (I mean who polices the police or prosecutes the Prosecutor?) The job of the government is no longer to solve the crime and seek justice but to tell the best story and win the case.

The End of Kiddie Porn???

March 27, 2009

Since I stopped actively Blogging about a year ago, much has changed and much has stayed the same.  Military Veteran, Charles Stephano, is still incarcerated in a Puerto Rican Jail for an indeterminate term. (That’s two years in jail without ever having been sentenced.)  Now we are not talking about terrorists in Guantanamo, we are discussing a native born American Veteran who never touched another human but was hit by porn loaders on the Internet.

The one thing which has changed is that young-models. org is down off the net and intercage.com is no longer engaged in criminal activity.  It would seem that in the waning days of the Bush Administration some of the truly nasty crap was taken off line (or maybe the code for the pornloader  became so well known that the technology became obsolete).

It is still easy to Google for kiddie porn by just inserting the following in the search bar:

site:*/cgi-bin/ucj/

Your search will take you to a bunch of sites like

http://www.kiddieporn.com/cgi-bin/ucj/etc.  (not an actual site)

Take off  the garbage at the end  and visit the site home page i.e.

http://www.kiddieporn.com

For each page of results, you will find at least one site with enough kiddie porn to send you to jail.  (usually about one site per page of results)

The sad part is that Google could easily block this search and make access to kiddie porn a little more difficult.

A spot check shows that there are still plenty of Kiddie porn sites on line and only users of this crap are going to jail.  Web Hosting Companies and backbone carriers operate with immunity.  Well even if the government is not working to take down kiddie porn, the economic community seems to be rejecting the wages of sin.  When I first mentioned Level 3, a carrier and host of kiddie porn,  the stock was valued at $6.38. Last week the stock was 70 cents and it’s been as low as 57 cents.

So the more things change the more they stay the same.