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Sandpiper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:54 PM
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Message for the Conservative armchair Lawyers re: DeLay/Earle
It doesn't matter that Ronnie Earle is a Democrat. He could be a member of the Socialist Workers party and it would still have no bearing on the case.

Why? Simple:

PROSECUTORS DO NOT ISSUE INDICTMENTS


Let me say that again:

PROSECUTORS DO NOT ISSUE INDICTMENTS


The State's Attorney (Prosecutor) presents evidence to the Grand Jury. Based on the evidence presented, the Grand Jury then decides whether it's sufficient to issue indictments on criminal charges.


Any attempt to bring Mr. Earle's political affiliation into the discussion is just an effort to muddy the waters.
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:57 PM
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1. Of course you're right, but the RW will sing that a prosecutor can
get a GJ to indict a ham sandwich. You know that tale has been around for decades! I say, let them cry. A jury will tell the story.
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Webster Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 12:01 AM
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2. The repukes are truly bizarre...
They also said that Rove's treason doesn't count because Wilson and Plame are Democrats.



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TaleWgnDg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 12:08 AM
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3. Uuummmm, I hate to *burst* your bubble . . . but
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Uuummmm, I hate to *burst* your bubble . . . but as any lawyer will tell you including myself, a grand jury rubber stamps whatever the hell the prosecutor through the sitting judge allows, period.

The better way to "evaluate" the biased or unbiased behavior of Attorney Earle is to summarize his past grand juries. For example, does Earle merely attack his opposing political party's hacks including the all-powerful such as DeLay? Or does Earle attempt to bring charges on criminal conduct despite political affiliation?

If it's the former then Earle is, himself, a political hack.

However, if it's the latter then Earle is doing a great job a state prosecutor. In other words, how many Democrats has Earle attempted to indict? How many Republicans? And, no, I wouldn't go to the conviction or not basis because Texas hasn't the best state judicial system in the country.

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orwell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 12:10 AM
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4. Not entirely true
I know someone right now who sits on a grand jury and he is anything but a rubber stamp. This "truism" is a gross generalization.
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TaleWgnDg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 05:24 AM
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6. Ummmmm, as I stated above . . .
grand juries are merely rubber stamps of prosecutors. As a lawyer myself I am professionally aware of the almost unfettered power of prosecutors regarding grand juries. The ABA does a Q&A on this very subject:

http://www.abanet.org/media/faqjury.html

I hope "someone right now who (is) sit(ting) on a grand jury" does not continue to violate his duty as a grand juror by discussing what is happening with you. As I said, read up on it via the ABA website!
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dweller Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 12:25 AM
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5. i believe, having read here, he's indicted
Edited on Thu Sep-29-05 12:36 AM by dweller
12 Dems, 3 Repugs. 15 total.

look about or search. It's been posted numerous times.
dp

edit: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
Over Earles 27-year tenure, his Public Integrity Unit has prosecuted 15 elected officials, including 12 Democrats
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