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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:27 PM
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A Modest Scheme To Get the Truth Out of Gonzales (Berkeley Daily Planet)
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<snip> Now Newsweek reports that when George W. Bush was Texas governor, Gonzales pulled strings to get Bush out of jury duty. It seems that in 1996, Bush was called as a juror to sit on a case involving a stripper who was arrested for driving under the influence. In voir direthe part of the trial where the lawyers question the biases of the potential jurorsit surely would have come out that Bush himself had been convicted of a DUI. Bush didnt want that offense to be made public as it would impact his chance of becoming president. Gonzales took the defense attorney and the prosecutor back into the judges chambers and argued off the court record that if convicted the stripper could ask for a pardon from the governor (How many strippers convicted of drunk driving go to the governor for a pardon?) and this created a conflict of interest. The judge then excused Gov. Bush from the jury on this flimsy argument. The defense attorney, the prosecutor, and the judge all remember Gonzales doing this.

However, Gonzales himself says he does not remember it. This is a sort of non-denial denial. Gonzales doesnt say it didnt happen, just that he doesnt remember.

Strange. Ive been practicing law going on 30 years now, and if I ever took a governor back into a judges chambers to get the governor out of jury duty, I think I would remember it. Even if the governor for whom I did it was unmemorable, say, like Gray Davis.

So how can we refresh Gonzaless memory of this unusual influence peddling and help him to tell the truth? My suggestion: Torture him. I think perhaps some water boarding, or perhaps being made to stand naked in an uncomfortable position, being given minimal food in a cold cell, with strobe lights flashing, with no toilet and with wires attached to his testicles would do wonders for his capacity to recall the facts. <snip>

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