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Phx_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-12-08 01:06 PM
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Spitzer Has Sinned, But Itís Our Sex Obsession Thatís Criminal
When Eliot Spitzer was my research assistant in the 1980s, he was a young man of great brilliance, high integrity, conservative demeanor and enormous promise. It pains me deeply to see him brought down so far, and so quickly, by private sexual misconduct.

I think somewhat less of him now than I did before I heard this weekís news of his indiscretions, largely because of what he did to his family ó but letís all take a collective deep breath and try to regain a sense of proportion about the essentially private actions of this public man.

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There is another issue that is potentially quite troubling in this case. The story about how Spitzerís alleged crimes were discovered does not ring true.

As a criminal defense lawyer, I have dealt with many money laundering and other bank-related cases. The financial transactions that allegedly gave rise to the federal governmentís interest in Spitzer do not generally result in a criminal investigation.

I strongly suspect that we will learn more about how the feds came to focus on Spitzerís financial transactions. The money laundering statute is so vague and open-ended that it can be used selectively to target political and economic opponents. On this issue, stay tuned. We have not heard the last of it.

http://www.forward.com/articles/12885/
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-12-08 01:08 PM
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1. Silencing people with fear of reprisals for dissent is far more damaging to society
than bopping high priced hookers.

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enid602 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-12-08 01:11 PM
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2. horny
You'd think some of these folks ain't had no you-know-what since God-knows-when!
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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-12-08 01:11 PM
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3. only spitzer is responsible for his situation. nt
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-12-08 01:11 PM
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4. Still, the comment can be made that it was the hypocrisy, not the sex,
that created Spitzer's difficulties. If he hadn't gone after similar call girl services as well as human trafficking in NY, perhaps he wouldn't be as vilified.

I hope this doesn't just go away. I hope it does shed more light on the use of the US DOJ to attack political opponents, especially the circumventing of the FISA law to spy on them.

I just don't expect it right now. Neither did Spitzer, which is probably the main reason he resigned.
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-12-08 01:11 PM
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5. Actually, money laundering is also criminal.
And so is soliciting prostitutes.
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Phx_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-12-08 01:18 PM
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8. It will be interesting to see
whether the hooker is charged with any crime.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-12-08 01:12 PM
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6. I completely agree.
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-12-08 01:16 PM
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7. Has anyone thought about the fact that this "investigation"
gave the Justice Department the excuse for listening in on every single phone call and reading every single e-mail that the DEMOCRATIC governor of New York made for the duration of the "investigation."

How many other Democratic politicians and elected officials are being "investigated" for misdemeanors of this sort with wiretaps and total surveillance? And in an election year? How convenient.

And wasn't Bolton rumored to have gone to something called Plato's Retreat? I wonder if he was wiretapped for that connection? How commonly does the Bush administration wiretap Democratic politicians? I'd really like to know.
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