THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Today’s quote comes to us from Judge Thomas Selby (T. S.) Ellis, of Virginia’s Eastern District.

Judge Ellis, a (justifiably) harsh critic of robert mueller and his “investigation” of President Trump/anyone who ever had anything to do with him, has issued his ruling on whether to dismiss the charges against Paul Manafort – which an Obama-appointed judge has ruled sufficient to hold himin jail until his trial.

(How many other people accused of witness tampering, and no flight risk at all, are held in jail?  Ever hear of even one?)

Judge Ellis has ruled that the charges should not be dismissed.  But that is not all he said.

Here is the last paragraph of Ellis’s ruling.  While every word is worth reading, please pay special attention to the parts I’ve put in bold print:

In sum, dismissal of the Superseding Indictment on the grounds urged by defendant is not warranted here. But that conclusion should not be read as approval of the practice of appointing Special Counsel to prosecute cases of alleged high-level misconduct. Here, we have a prosecution of a campaign official, not a government official, for acts that occurred well before the Presidential election. To be sure, it is plausible, indeed ultimately persuasive here, to argue that the investigation and prosecution has some relevance to the election which occurred months if not years after the alleged misconduct. But in the end, that fact does not warrant dismissal of the Superseding Indictment. The Constitution’s system of checks and balances, reflected to some extent in the regulations at issue, are designed to ensure that no single individual or branch of government has plenary or absolute power. The appointment of special prosecutors has the potential to disrupt these checks and balances, and to inject a level of toxic partisanship into investigation of matters of public importance. This case is a reminder that ultimately, our system of checks and balances and limitations on each branch’s powers, although exquisitely designed, ultimately works only if people of virtue, sensitivity, and courage, not affected by the winds of public opinion, choose to work within the confines of the law. Let us hope that the people in charge of this prosecution, including the Special Counsel and the Assistant Attorney General, are such people. Although this case will continue, those involved should be sensitive to the danger unleashed when political disagreements are transformed into partisan prosecutions.

What Judge Ellis seems to be saying is, “yeah, the charges themselves are legitimate.  And I have no authority to spring Manafort from jail, that’s up to the judge who put him there.  But this case has every indication of stinking to high heaven, and don’t think I don’t know it”.

Judge T. S. Ellis wins Quote Of The Day honors for saying more in an indirect way than most people have the capability, or courage, to say in so many words.

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