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Saturday, April 02, 2005

My Congressman Ever Vigilant

Congressman Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon) is on the cutting edge. He is always at the ready to right wrongs. Here is a classic example reported by the Roanoke Times.
Boucher's bill would permit limited copying as Supreme Court takes up file sharing
By Andrew Kantor

Rep. Rick Boucher's Digital Media Consumer Rights Act would, in a sense, codify the court's 1984 so-called "Betamax decision." That ruling held that Sony's Betamax VCR was legal even though people could use it to copy and pirate movies and television shows.

The Betamax ruling, Boucher said, opened the gates for much of the consumer technology we use today: VCRs, DVD players, TiVo, iPods and a host of other devices. (link)

Furniture plants in Southwest Virginia are closing at an alarming rate.

Most textile plants are relocating to the orient.

Drinking water in Wise County is unsafe to drink.

Citizens are fleeing the area at an alarming rate in an effort to find gainful employment.

And my congressman is concerned that we be able to tape movies with our VCR's.

For the love of God.

Judge Blocks Execution

I wish I had written that header in the Terri Schiavo saga. Instead this happens, as is all too predictable these days, in the case of a man who murdered two people several years ago.

Judge stays execution of killer
The Washington Times

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The state's highest court has granted a stay to a death row inmate who had been scheduled to be put to death by injection sometime during the week of April 18.

Vernon Evans Jr. had asked the Court of Appeals for more time to argue that his sentence should be overturned because of racial and geographical disparities in Maryland's application of the death penalty [my emphasis].

The court scheduled oral arguments on the matter for June 7.

Evans was sentenced to death for the April 1983 killing of David Scott Piechowicz and Susan Kennedy at the Warren House Motor Hotel in Pikesville. (
The justice sytem united behind the effort of a Nazi circuit court judge in Florida to starve a disabled woman to death. The justice system protects a murderer because of some goofy theory relating to his skin color.

I received an email the other day from an attorney who cautioned that I shouldn't disrespect the courts. In my world, one earns respect. The system forfeited any I might have had for it when it chose sides.

There's Justice & Then There's Justice

Martha Stewart was imprisoned for lying (not under oath) to an investigator about conversations she had with her stock broker and the actions that resulted from it.

Sandy Berger, Bill Clinton's National Security Advisor, stole top secret documents from the United States government and receives a fine.
By NILES LATHEM, New York Post

WASHINGTON — A contrite former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger pleaded guilty yesterday to pilfering classified documents from the National Archives, saying he showed "very poor judgment" and that his actions were "wrong."

Berger, former President Bill Clinton's top national security aide, appeared poker-faced during a court hearing as his lawyers and federal prosecutors presented a plea deal before federal Magistrate Deborah Robinson surrounding his removal of documents about the fight against al Qaeda.

Berger was preparing for upcoming testimony before the 9/11 commission.

The deal reached between his lawyers and the Justice Department called for Berger to plead guilty to one count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents and to pay a $10,000 fine and lose his security clearance for three years. (link)
If you or I had done this, would we have been fined?

What can we take away from this story? Yet another example of the fact that the law is whatever they want it to be.

We are on our own, people.