Lawlessness In the Corridors of Congress, the Chamber of the Supreme Court, and On All Levels

Sunday, July 23, 2017
By Paul Martin

JULY 22, 2017

What happens when the law makers themselves become law breakers? Or what happens when those who are charged with enforcing the law also become law breakers themselves? In a police incident in our State’s Capital this past Christmas, a man was arrested by the police and $1500 cash was taken from him by the police but never returned. Just last month it appears that because a lawsuit was looming that city finally cut him a check for that amount but the incident is another very troubling example of civil asset forfeiture. That “involves a dispute between law enforcement and property such as a pile of cash or a house or a boat, such that the thing is suspected of being involved in a crime. To get back the seized property, owners must prove it was not involved in criminal activity.”[1] In other words you are not charged with a crime, your money is and it is guilty until proven innocent – a costly and statistically losing battle for the person who has experienced civil asset forfeiture by the police. I am glad Annapolis finally did the right thing, but that is rare in the civil asset forfeiture world. By the way, the city still can’t account for what happened to the $1500. Was it get pocketed? The officer said he put it in his hat, but after that, no one knows what became of it. By the way, he has since retired and faced no repercussions for his actions.

What about lawlessness on the Federal level? We know that for more than a decade the immigration laws which clearly spell out the enforcement the executive branch is charged to conduct – have not only been ignored, with little enforcement taking place, but in fact, the previous administration made active moves to encourage more illegal immigration into our country. The effect has been to tell the world we have open borders, anyone who wants to can walk right in. Our immigration laws mean nothing. And now when we have the Executive branch trying to enforce the immigration laws on the books, Federal courts have repeatedly blocked the enforcement from going into effect.

We also know “There is a federal law that forbids the Internal Revenue Service from unfairly targeting private groups or individuals on the basis of their politics. Lois Lerner, an IRS director, did just that but faced no legal consequences.

Perhaps Ms. Lerner’s exemption emboldened New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof to invite IRS employees via social media to unlawfully leak Donald Trump’s tax returns. Later, someone leaked Mr. Trump’s 2005 tax return to MSNBC.

There are statutes that prevent federal intelligence and investigatory agencies from leaking classified documents. No matter.… The leakers apparently feel that prosecutors and the courts do not mind if someone’s privacy is illegally violated, as long as it is the privacy of someone they all loathe, like Mr. Trump.

The logic seems also to be that we need only follow the laws that we like — and assume that law enforcement must make the necessary adjustments.”[2]

What is the cumulative effect of these trends?

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