December 21, 2010
Yes Scooter, there is a Santa!
Maybe it is the name: "Scooter" as in Liddy. Our Scooter is, of course, a darling of the Bradley Foundation and other right-wing nuts. Our Scooter is Scott Jensen. The judge and the jury found that Jensen knew he was violating the law and should be punished.
You know the story--it was the WPR lead--no need for me to repeat the obvious. But I will share my outrage over the manipulation by elected officials and lawyers for this scofflaw. Convicted of three felonies and a misdemeanor by the jury, he was sentenced to 15 months in prison. But it was not to be. The judge, Patrick Snyder, approved the deal "wholeheartedly." Really. Sit before reading the comments from the judge: "Absent this you may have been the governor of Wisconsin so the price that you have paid is dear." Thanks, Judge.
Scooter's political pal Brad Schimel is the DA in Republican stronghold Waukesha County, and he negotiated a deal with Scooter's lawyers. Not to worry--Scooter hasn't been on th breadline to feed his family. No, this convicted felon was paid six figures by the neo-conservative American Federation for Children and "Jobs First" that contributed $270,000 in legislative races. Scooter had the support of Guided the Friebert-Finnerty law firm, usually thought of as Democrats, the bipartisan establishment got into gear to hatch a plot ending in Waukesha with Scooter singing Amazing Grace. (Keep in mind that Chuck Chvala and Brian Burke served time in prison for the same charges.)
Did I mention that Scooter is white? Ah, unfair? Check the second headline, "Senate deal cuts Butler from federal judgeship." True story. Apparently Justice Butler was too much for that bigot Jeff Sessions of Alabama. And, it appears that Herb Kohl did little to help. A disgrace all around.
Did I mention Louis Butler is black? The Kerner Commission warned we were becoming two societies--one black, one white, separate and unequal."
Well, the time is now!
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Yep, great message we're sending to our kids: If you're white and connected, you can do what you want and still get off the hook. Money buys not only elections and candidates but also good justice.
Maybe the system is too busy going after people of color to even bother with white folk anymore.
-Franz Fripplfrappl | Out. | December 21, 2010
A great movie released in 1970 O Lucky Man rings true today as than. The song Justice lyrics "Next to wealth is health and only money can buy you justice." Written by Alan Price. Yet the citizens of this great country still believe in the little guy.
-Jeff Timmons | Amery, Wi. | December 21, 2010
2 outrages in one day.my oh my. must be the chromium in the water.
-steve | montrose | December 22, 2010
Actually, what I hear is that Herb Kohl worked very hard to try to get Butler confirmed, including making a direct, althogh unsuccessful, appeal to Mitch McConnell. Credit where it's due.
-Bill Christofferson | Milwaukee WI | December 22, 2010