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Another one bites the dust

Another big, ballyhooed federal prosecution, that is. The jury just found Roger Clemens not guilty on all six counts.

Man, how many blown federal prosecutions is that? John Edwards (who may be a complete cad, but …). The Africa sting. Going back a few years, the Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo (hip hop producer) money laundering trial. All big deals, all cases in which some fed prosecutor hoped to stage a big show and make a big impression. And every one of them based entirely or mostly on testimony (or testilying) from informants (or stings cooked up by informants) with little real evidence.

You suppose the feds are gonna learn?

Nawwwww, that would be too much to ask.


  1. John Kindley
    John Kindley June 18, 2012 5:54 pm

    The blown federal prosecution I REALLY liked was the Detroit prosecution of a militia for SEDITION from just a couple months ago.

  2. Claire
    Claire June 18, 2012 6:42 pm

    John Kindley — Oh yeah … that one, too. Thanks for the reminder!

  3. Matt, another
    Matt, another June 19, 2012 6:07 am

    So, when do you suppose McNamee will be charged with perjury? I’m willing to bet not until Holder is.

  4. FishOrMan
    FishOrMan June 19, 2012 6:23 am

    The state won this case hands down. 5 years of his life wasted fighting this. His name and entire career destroyed. The process is the punishment… all because Clemons wouldn’t take the plea deal offered him. Innocent and don’t wanna play the game??? — your punishment is far worse even when you are found innocent. Tom Davis, R-Va, “I think he’s gone through enough.” They made an example out of him… how is anyone gonna redress that grievance?

  5. Stryder
    Stryder June 19, 2012 7:32 am

    They don’t care about these prosecutions, it’s the distraction they cause they want. While we’re gossiping and watching these trials, we’re not seeing the other things they don’t want us to see.

  6. Richard
    Richard June 19, 2012 9:48 am

    Wow I always thought these were just shake downs. Either making good on a deal with a supporter, keeping a dissenter in line, or plain old sadistic power trip. I didn’t know they were actually try to prosecute someone based on law. I mean what would be the legal reason for going after Clemens? It has to be a shake down.

  7. The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit
    The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit June 19, 2012 12:31 pm

    But just think about how it goes for all the Little People who do not have Clemens’ ability to hire top notch representation. The feds are waaaaaay ahead on their win:loss ratio when you add those in.

  8. just waiting
    just waiting June 19, 2012 1:10 pm

    The US Atty’s office may not be any good at prosecuting, but so far, the FBI has prevented 100% of the terror plots/attacks they have initiated and arrested every single one of the poor schmucks they recruited.
    Woo hoo FBIguys!

  9. Jeffrey King
    Jeffrey King June 19, 2012 1:50 pm

    Caeful not to under-estimate them. y ex-Father-in-Law was a Fed Pros. and his convictions where in the 90 % range. He is an honest man but break the law and he would get you

  10. Standard Mischief (dot) com
    Standard Mischief (dot) com June 19, 2012 8:11 pm

    >The state won this case hands down. 5 years of his life wasted fighting this. His name and entire career destroyed.

    This was 5 years of bread and circuses for the masses.

    This was just like getting a traffic ticket, even if your case is in the right, even if you win in court, you’ll never be compensated for your actual loss.

    Now figure in that the totally impartial judge and the firm but fair government prosecutor both get their paycheck from the same source. Nifong.

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