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  •  it's good to make the federal prosecutors wear (14+ / 0-)

    this as a badge.  there is very little recourse for the public to get them to behave properly.

    marijuana busts of legal dispensaries.  the prosecutions of whistle blowers ( the 'not looking back unless you are doing something positive' program)

    my thinking is to cut DOJ budget and jobs.  let states deal with justice.  the fed DOJ has some cheney dark side thing going on.  it would be easy enough to resuscitate the agency if it was ever needed again for a national issue like the hugely disproportionate incarceration of hundreds of thousands of minority kids which kicks them into a life of no voting and criminal records.  o wait, DOJ enjoys facilitating that make work program for right wingers

    i'd be interested to hear something DOJ has been useful for in the last few decades - that couldn't have been dealt with better without their 'help'

    what lincoln said

    by rasfrome on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 10:52:24 AM PST

    •  I like that idea a lot (5+ / 0-)
      my thinking is to cut DOJ budget and jobs.
      after all spending is out of control and we need to find cuts somewhere right? ;-)

      "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

      by eXtina on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 10:56:23 AM PST

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    •  Plea bargains are the problem, (11+ / 0-)

      in addition to the inherent absurdities of the awful CFAA.

      Instead of killing himself, I wish he'd publicized the plea bargain, fought the charges, and if he were convicted and sentenced to more than a year in jail, taken it all the way to the Supreme Court.

      Plea bargains of this nature, where there is such a disparity between the possible punishment for a crime and the bargain offered, take away your fundamental right to defend yourself in court — not just about the punishment, but about the facts. That can't possibly be constitutional, and we need a test case. I bet there's already some bad case law that says otherwise, but that doesn't mean a good test case wouldn't be able to overturn it at the right time, with the right judges.

      •  Unfortunately it has already been ruled that (1+ / 0-)
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        massive consecutive sentences are not a violation of the 8th amendment regardless of how long they are.  So yes, you can get life in prison for the CFAA or even just copyright violations and there is nothing unconstitutional about it.

        You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

        by Throw The Bums Out on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 07:59:33 AM PST

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    •  I agree (10+ / 0-)

      If all the DOJ is going to do is enforce the lower tier of a two tiered justice system then it's time we cut down on USAs and Career prosecutors.

      Lets cut back on the FBI also. How sickening was it to watch the second in charge of the FBI smile at the camera when the PBS reporter asked him why no arrests or indictments of member of the "club, other wise know as The Bank Inc.

      In 2004 , 2000 FBI agents were assigned to terrorism while 200 agents were left , nation wide for white collar crime. Is it any coincidence that no one bothered to staff up?

      This is what happens with a two tier justice system;  we get tragedies like A Schwartz, overcrowding at prisons for nonsense crimes, Poker sites vigorously enforced until states say they would like Poker sites and then we get "OK" because we know that's going to be privatized, whistle blowers harassed and ruined if not jailed, and a variety of other injustices from the Dept of Justice, where no is supposed to be above the rule of law. Listen to Lanny Breuer tell us why.

      Watch The Untouchables on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

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