Before Chauvin is even sentenced!
In our system of jurisprudence, even Mafia dons are entitled to a fair trial. The measure of true justice is taken in the difficult cases; have we preserved the rights of unpopular defendants? No Captain Dreyfus sham trials. No Chicago Seven railroad jobs. Even Timothy McVeigh had rights.
For that reason, the announcement by President Biden’s attorney general, Merrick Garland, of federal civil rights charges against the four Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd is a travesty. Pure politics, not justice. A nasty bit of cop-hating virtue signaling by an insecure administration eager to pander to the dictates of critical race theory. We turn once again to attorney Andrew C. McCarthy, who has been following the case at National Review:
At best, the Justice Department’s indictment of Derek Chauvin and the three other former Minneapolis cops involved in George Floyd’s killing nearly a year ago is overkill. At worst, it is an exercise in political zeal that could undermine the accountability being achieved by state prosecutions. In the meantime, it is abusive — ironically so given that the charges are brought under the guise of upholding civil rights, though it obviously has not dawned on the Civil Rights Division’s social-justice warriors that police have civil rights, too.
McCarthy deplores (for one thing) the timing of the Justice Department’s indictment. The statute of limitations was nowhere near expiring. It serves only to pressure the trial court judge to drop the hammer on Chauvin. What’s more, it prejudices the jury pool that will decide the fate of the other three police officers. As if the Chauvin jury had not already been prejudiced by U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA, who travelled to Minneapolis to demand more street violence if the jury did not convict the disgraced cop.
McCarthy also points out that Chauvin will spend most of the rest of his life in prison and that (as the Werkes has said before) it will be hard time — a white cop convicted in the death of a black man? Dead man walking.
Furthermore, no evidence was presented at trial that George Floyd was singled out because of race or any protected class.
Finally, federal charges are most often brought when a state court fails to act, as was common in the Jim Crow South. McCarthy is scratching his head. “It does not make enforcement sense for the federal government to prosecute these defendants after they are convicted and sentenced to hard time by the state, based on the exact same conduct.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Thank good ol’ Mitch McConnell that Merrick Garland is not a Supreme Court justice!