April 26, 2023
Politicization of Justice
Equal treatment of citizens by the law is a foundational principle of Western democracy dating back to ancient Athens. The 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution, introduced as part of the dismantling of slavery following the US Civil War, declares that “no state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States…nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” The phrase "equal justice under law" is prominently engraved on the entrance to the United States Supreme Court, which has held that all citizens possess similar rights to equal treatment by the federal government.
Politicization of the judicial system which privileges favorites while harshly treating opponents is the anathema of democracy. Authoritarian regimes have routinely weaponized the judicial process systems to consolidate power, enforce ideological orthodoxy, and suppress opposition. The politicization of justice is a particularly severe form of corruption as it systematizes discrimination and impedes remedy through official collusion.
Politicization of Justice under Jim Crow
Following the passage of the 14th Amendment, unequal treatment of African-Americans was nonetheless codified through "Jim Crow" laws in many southern states, discriminatory federal housing policies, and other oppressive policies and practices for nearly a century. Nearly 50 years of anti-discrimination efforts, as well as affirmative measures including affirmative action programs, welfare programs disproportionately benefiting inner-city minorities, and others, have helped to reduce but have not entirely eliminated unequal race-based treatment in the United States.
Politicization of Justice in the Twenty-first Century
While meaningful progress had been made through the early 2000s, since that time, critics have cited increasing policitization of the American justice system. In an increasingly polarized nation, a growing proportion of citizens and their elected officials do not believe in “equal treatment under law,” and have sought to procure advantages by co-opting the legal system.
As was the case in the Soviet Union, politicized justice is directed not only toward reprisals against political enemies and unfavored groups, but serves to intimidate and suppress opposition more broadly. Corruption and violence increase as favorites are emboldened by non-prosecution of offenses.
Increasingly, political violence by the left has received favored treatment with few charged for offenses.
When Congressman Steve Scalise was shot and nearly killed and another narrowly escaped death at the hands of a deranged Bernie Sanders supporter who came to the baseball field with a list of Republicans to kill, the FBI astonishingly concluded that it “doesn’t know the motive” and classified it as “suicide by cop.” Senator Rand Paul and his wife were attacked by a mob of violent leftists and were saved from being brutalized or even killed only by a cadre of police. Mrs. Kelley Paul complained of being “‘exhausted and angry’ that those who menaced her and her husband face no charges,” for death threats, and for fake anthrax being sent to their home. Senator Paul stated: "When Kelley learned today that a person who threatened to shoot us would not be prosecuted, she felt that it was another example of how violence is excused for the left, yet a mom who raises her voice at a school board meeting is to be treated as a domestic terrorist by the Biden administration.”
Black conservative gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder was assaulted by a white woman in a gorilla mask, yet prominent leftists did not condemn it as a hate crime.
When far-left extremists protested in front of Supreme Court Justice’s homes contrary to federal law that “makes it illegal to picket or parade near a judge’s residence with the intent to interfere, obstruct or impede the administration of justice,” U.S Marshalls were instructed to “‘avoid, unless absolutely necessary, any criminal enforcement’ involving protesters and that “making arrests and initiating prosecutions was not the goal” [emphasis in original]. These instructions were issued despite the real threat to the justices, with one far-left extremist traveling to Kavenaugh’s home with firearms and knives with the goal of assassinating at least three conservative justices.
Hunter Biden Scandals
First son Hunter Biden, known for his addiction to drugs and prostitutes, has been implicated in tax and influence-peddling scandals for which government agents have acknowledged there has been enough evidence to charge him with crimes for years. Yet the investigation and charges have been impeded, according to an IRS whistleblower, by Biden Attorney General Merrick Garland - despite Garland’s promises that “there will not be interference of any political or improper kind.” Like Garland’s repeated promises not to politicize the Justice Department, his representations of non-interference are attested to be a blatant lie.
Critics note that Biden Attorney General Merrick Garland has engaged in unprecedented politicization of the Department of Justice. Garland has been accused of felonies including but not limited to obstruction of justice and lying to Congress.
The politicized Biden Department of Justice has expressed disinterest in actual crimes, burying the data on soaring murder rates. While turning a blind eye to violent crime by leftists, it has weaponized the legal system against everyday Americans who object to its extremist politics and has aggressively pursued maximal charges against conservatives.
Critics of the Biden administration’s extremist agenda have been falsely labeled as domestic terrorists despite the government’s “own investigation proving otherwise” as part of the DOJ’s “effort to target political ideologies with which they disagree.”
The Biden Department of Justice has labeled parents who protest at school boards against Marxist indoctrination of their children as “domestic terrorists” and invoked armed agents for enforcement.
In Soros-funded radical leftist district attorney Alvin Bragg’s New York City, prosecutors have been instructed not to seek prison time against criminals except for murder and a few other crimes and have downgraded 52% of felonies to misdemeanors even as crime has risen 22%, yet have ignored long-expired statute of limitations and have introduced novel legal theories to prosecute designated political enemies. Elsewhere, prosecutors have invoked obscure, never-before used laws to prosecute political opponents while letting political allies off scot-free.
In Saint Louis, violent criminals have been set free. Leftist prosecutors have used political prosecutions for fundraising and campaigning contrary to ethical rules and have remained in their positions despite “failure to prosecute existing cases, failure to file charges in cases brought by police, and failure to confer with and inform victims and their families about the status of cases.” while
New York City’s chief prosecutor has bragged about setting murderers and other violent criminals free with no prison time and gunfights in Chicago have resulted in no criminal charges, yet misdemeanor-to-felony enhancements and maximum penalties have been sought against political opponents. This was the case in the Soviet Union, where criminals were regarded as social allies whereas political opponents and religious believers were harshly persecuted.
Whereas leftists have brazenly defied congressional subpoenas without consequence and have received “sweetheart immunity deals” with no obligation to cooperate with investigations, the Biden Department of Justice has aggressively pursued charges and jail time against conservatives who refuse to testify. Former U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz wrote:
“Perhaps the only thing worse than a DOJ that refuses to enforce congressional subpoena authority is a DOJ that only enforces it when one party is in power. That is political weaponization of the legal system – and it's happening right now.”
Threats and Intimidation
Leftists have lorded threats of political prosecution to intimidate critics. Democracy Stacey Plaskett of the Virgin Islands threatened journalist Matt Taibbi over his reporting on the Twitter Files with five years imprison for mistakenly referring to the government agency CISA rather than CIS, and which Taibbi had already corrected in his reporting. Taibbi called out media silence after this threat, stating:
"Can you imagine if something like this had happened in the Trump years? If Republicans had threatened someone like Jim Acosta with five years in prison over a minor error? That he didn’t even make in testimony before Congress? You would have had every human rights organization on earth complaining about it but not a peep from my so-called colleagues in mainstream media."
Leftists have repeatedly sought to breach attorney-client privilege of targeted figures. Mark Levin stated:
"Mass murderers, terrorists, what have you - attorney-client privilege is rarely pierced when it applies to them, and yet it's been pierced in a serial nature when it applies to Donald Trump and Republicans, Republican legislators, and Republican legislatures. This is just more evidence of the unraveling of our liberties."
Hate crimes against unfavored groups such as Christians have been largely ignored. The Biden administration did not condemn the murder of children and adults at a Christian school in Tennesses as a hate crime and did not honor or stand up for the victims, instead pushing “a hysterical lie” about their faith. It recommended no jail time for vandalism of churches.
January 6th Capitol Rioters vs 2020 Black Lives Matter Rioters
We repudiate violence, looting, and disruption of government processes in all forms. We firmly condemn both the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot and the leftist riots that continued for more than half of 2020. Yet a federal judge and many observers have noted discrepancies in the administration of justice. Some of the differences are noted below.
The FBI tracked down January 6th protesters through what has been called the largest investigation in FBI history, arresting individuals across the country on the basis of social medial posts (including deleted ones) placing them in or near the Capitol on January 6, 2021. The majority of those charged appear from court filings to have done little more than strolling through the Capitol and taking photos on their cell phones before leaving. Yet the Department of Justice planned to spend $6.1 million to a contractor to organize data related to the riots before the plan was rejected by a federal judge. Garland’s boast that the “Department of Justice reached several benchmarks” with 500th arrest in the Capitol riot has been interpreted by critics as evidence that Garland set quotas for arrests and prosecutions of January 6 protestors. The existence of quotas for arrests and prosecution has subsequently been confirmed.
In contrast to mass arrests of conservative protestors identified by geolocation data or surveillance video, the vast majority of those arrested in the 2020 riots were taken in flagrante delicto of violent crimes, with most never charged or having charges dropped. No national database was created to organize the vast evidence. There were no federal calls for the public to assist in identifying and turning in the perpetrators.
In June 2021, Attorney General Merrick Garland boasted of the arrest of over 500 January 6 protestors, pledging to “charge what the evidence supports to hold all January 6th perpetrators accountable.” This claim ignores standard prosecutorial guidelines regarding misdemeanors like trespassing which are rarely prosecuted and have almost never resulted in prison time. Felonies including assaulting a police officer were widely ignored for “Defund the Police” protestors in 2020, but January 6 rioters faced maximum charges.
Yet news reports and court records around the country demonstrate leniency towards BLM-Antifa rioters. In many cities, police were instructed not to make arrests. When arrests were made, prosecutors often refused to pursue charges. For example, none of 194 rioters arrested by D.C. police on Swann Street in June 2020 were charged, notwithstanding "violent" and "riotous activity" including setting cars on fire and throwing bricks. Miranda Devine summarized the data for tiny fraction who were even arrested:
“Most BLM-Antifa rioters were released without bail and had charges dropped. In New York more than 400 rioters and looters arrested in June were freed without bail. In Washington DC, in June, almost everyone charged with felony rioting was released from jail and later had the charge dropped. In Pennsylvania, when one judge set bail for rioters at $1 million, he was intimidated into reversing the decision after a mob marched on his house. In California, a district attorney reportedly requested prosecutors consider looters’ “needs” when deciding to press criminal charges. In Minneapolis, where it all began, anti-cop rioters were rewarded, as they were in New York, when the city council voted to defund the police. The city since has descended into hell of crime and disorder. As for Portland, Oregon, charges were dropped for 90 percent of rioters arrested in September’s anti cop violence. One 23-year-old charged with attempted murder, arson, possession of a destructive device, and rioting was released on a $1,000 bond.”
In the face of wanton violence, looting and destruction readily apparent to Americans across the political spectrum nationwide, far-left opinion journalist Neil MacFarquhar felt a need to explain in the New York Times “why charges against protesters are being dismissed by the thousands.” The rioters, according to MacFarquhar, were merely “exercising their basic civil rights.”
Arrest and Confinement
Noting that “there shouldn’t be a double standard for law and order,” Miranda Devine observed in late February 2021:
“Almost everyone arrested around the country remains in jail over the riot, even if they committed no violence, have no criminal record, have stable jobs, are retirees or a mother and son duo. The only person released without bail is a left-wing anti-Trump activist, John Sullivan, who prosecutors say encouraged the violence that day, and was rewarded with $75,000 by CNN and NBC for his video footage. The aim is to bankrupt and destroy Trump supporters, most of whom can’t afford the legal fees. While top DC law firms raced to defend Guantanamo Bay inmates pro bono, the Capitol rioters are on their own.”
As of March 2021, all suspects arrested in the Capitol riots were still “being treated as ‘maximum security’ prisoners and [were] held in ‘restrictive housing.’” Many were held in strict confinement, acknowledged by Senator Elizabeth Warren to be “cruel and psychologically damaging,” while ostensible “civil rights” groups remained silent.
After months of reporting pushing the “insurrection” narrative, left-leaning Reuters news agency acknowledged belatedly in August 2021 that "FBI finds scant evidence U.S. Capitol attack was coordinated," noting that the FBI report concluded that the Jan. 6 riot was not “the result of an organized plot to overturn the presidential election result,” and that "violence was not centrally coordinated" by either individuals or fringe groups. The Washington Examiner observed that the “FBI confirms that there was no insurrection on Jan. 6.” In Imprimis, a publication of Michigan’s Hillsdale College, cultural critic and New Criterion editor Roger Kimball marshaled evidence to conclude that the January 6th insurrection narrative is a “hoax,” with events instead constituting a political protest that “got out of hand.” Yet leftist media has continued to push the narrative referring to the January 6th Capitol riot as an “insurrection” and a “siege” as politicized “fact checkers” have provided cover for the regressive left.
Leftists have adopted the Marxist propaganda tactic of falsely accusing others of doing what they themselves are doing. Evidence of actual insurrection during the 2020 BLM riots have been ignored or suppressed by leftist media. Senator Tom Cotton’s Op Ed on leftist political violence was censored and retracted by the New York Times; Cotton's statement that “insurrectionists cannot be allowed to destroy federal property” and suggestion that the National Guard could be used to restore order if riots got out of hand were deemed unprintable by the same media organizations that later celebrated the National Guard’s lockdown of Washington D.C. with some 25,000 troops present for Biden’s inauguration and thousands for months thereafter.
Levin noted that the leftist assault on the White House in June 2020 - conduct falsely framed by NPR as “peaceful protestors” - injured some 50 secret service agents and 49 park police, according to a report released by the Interior Department Inspector General - was an insurrection, but has received little media attention and no prosecutions for accountability.
Excusing Leftist Violence
The left-leaning Associated Press went to bat for 2020 rioters, reporting their “finding” that “most arrested in protests aren’t leftist radicals” and did not belong to extremist groups. Yet the AP did not speak up to defend the overwhelming majority of January 6th protestors as not pertaining to fringe groups and, according to the statements of many, claim to be concerned citizens attempting to express their rights and were not actors in any broader conspiracy.
The AP subsequently attempted to whitewash the unequal treatment of BLM and January 6th rioters. Richer, Kunzelman and Billeaud wrote:
“An Associated Press review of court documents in more than 300 federal cases stemming from the protests sparked by George Floyd’s death last year shows that dozens of people charged have been convicted of serious crimes and sent to prison. The AP found that more than 120 defendants across the United States have pleaded guilty or were convicted at trial of federal crimes including rioting, arson and conspiracy. More than 70 defendants who’ve been sentenced so far have gotten an average of about 27 months behind bars. At least 10 received prison terms of five years or more.”
AP spins an apples and oranges comparison. The 2020 BLM riots killed over twenty people directly and unleashed a crime wave with record numbers of murders in many Democratic inner cities that primarily victimized minorities. Factcheck.org noted that deaths connected with the January 6 Capitol riot included four Trump supporters, two of whom died from heart attacks, one from an accidental overdose, and one unarmed protestor shot by Capitol police; and five police officers, including one injured in riots who subsequently sustained a stroke, and four who subsequently committed suicide under varying circumstances.
The 2020 BLM riots did more than an estimated $2 billion in damage as cities around the country literally burned for months. Damage from the Capitol riot has been estimated at about $1 million - more than three orders of magnitude below the destruction of the Floyd riots. Media across the political spectrum documented that police and law enforcement around the country stepped back while 2020 BLM protesters ravaged cities, and that prosecutors around the country refused to charge the majority of those arrested. The overwhelming majority of BLM rioters were not arrested, and most of those arrested were not charged. Charges were subsequently dropped against many, with others receiving lenient deals.
To discredit claims of unequal treatment, the AP then pivoted to a leftist law professor (see Propaganda and Media Manipulation - Cherry Picking “Experts”) to note that the Floyd riots “weren’t an attack on the very core constitutional processes that we rely on in a democracy.”
The AP article acknowledges that in Portland, an epicenter of the violence where Antifa protestors threw bombs into federal courthouses and very few were arrested in months of violent riots, some sixty of the one hundred cases brought have been dismissed. Very few of the cases against January 6 rioters have been dismissed, with most being charged with misdemeanor trespassing - a crime which is rarely prosecuted, and with prosecutors frequently seeking prison sentences notwithstanding the extreme rarity of such a sentence. Publicly-released records to date offer little basis for weightier charges against some including conspiracy, as Kimball points out for the case of Joseph Hackett, who reportedly spent some nine minutes in the capital but was charged with multiple offenses. Court filings demonstrate evidence that FBI agents or informants were unindicted conspirators who may even have incited rioting. The Biden-Garland Department of Justice has refused to release thousands of hours of video which could assist defendants’ cases or even exonerate them, and has moved to have these recordings sealed from public access for twenty years.
A nonpartisan Rasmussen Reports poll in July 2021 found that a bipartisan supermajority of two-thirds of US voters want Congress to investigate the 2020 BLM riots. This includes over 60% of Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, and other minorities, as well as over 60% of Democrats, Republicans, and unaffiliated voters.
Two Systems of Justice
Commentator Mark Levin wrote :
"They've rounded up so far a thousand people from January 6, all of whom now have the scarlet letter of some kind of criminal plea agreement or prosecution that they will wear on their foreheads for the rest of their life. The U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C. — who has refused to prosecute almost 70% of the criminals who've been brought to him by the local police chief and the police department, because in D.C., it's the U.S. attorney who does those prosecutions — has said there's at least a thousand more people they intend to round up.
"This is intended as an intimidation tactic, just as arresting and prosecuting people who protest in front of abortion clinics."
"We learned the other day… that the U.S. Marshals were basically told not to arrest and apprehend individuals who were intimidating Supreme Court justices after the Dobbs decision.
“When you lose the law, you lose your country. The Constitution doesn't matter. The criminal code is used against your opponents, it's politicized. You have the growth of a police state."
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