So far, the Senate has confirmed 14 of the 549 senior federal positions that President Trump needs to run the government and who need Senate confirmation—Cabinet secretaries and people who run the departments, bureaus, agencies and the rest of the government. The rest of the government is being run by career bureaucrats and a few Obama holdovers.
Assuming Senate Democrats cannot torpedo his confirmation, Neil Gorsuch will be a welcome addition to a 4-4 Supreme Court often divided over questions of policing, law enforcement, and criminal justice.
Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions’ strong stands on immigration, and law and order, are not the only reasons liberals want to kill his nomination for Attorney General. It is also because he knows what the Obama Administration has done to the Justice Department and he knows how to bring it back where it belongs—the center of equal justice under the rule of law.
It’s no secret that George Soros is a big advocate of U.S. criminal justice reform. It is also no secret that he has provided big money to the empty-the-prison groups and others. Until a few days ago, however, we didn’t know just how big a role Soros played. Republicans — and particularly conservatives — who have bought into the criminal justice reform initiative, may have been drawn into something other than what they saw on the surface.
The newly-minted Platform adopted by the Democratic National Committee at the Philadelphia convention includes a section on criminal justice. What it does not include is any mention of crime, of victims or the war on cops.
Obama hijacked the funeral service for the murdered Dallas policemen on Tuesday, turning a memorial service into a political event for his own gain. It was vintage Obama, self-centered, preaching to the country and the world, never ceasing to edge his politics and ideology into the mix.
Of all the issues that might arise in Pat Toomey’s re-election campaign for his Senate seat in Pennsylvania, his opponent, egged on by a raft of liberal groups with a few libertarians mixed in, is criticizing Toomey for supporting law enforcement’s use of military equipment.
An ethics complaint has been filed by a George Washington University law professor against Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, asking the Maryland Bar Association to disbar her because of misconduct in her ill-fated indictment and prosecution of six police officers in the Freddie Gray case.
As of Thursday morning, Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby is batting 0-3 in the Freddie Gray cases. If she had an ounce of decency and a smidgeon of professionalism she would ask that the three remaining prosecutions be dismissed and would resign her office.
Nearly three out of four Democratic voters think that Hillary Clinton should continue to run for president even if she is indicted, according to a recent Rasmussen poll. Democrats may be so attuned to Clinton’s lies, scandals, and denials that they are willing to overlook anything, but you do have to wonder if they would object to her serving as President if she were convicted.
Two of the six Baltimore police officers charged with manslaughter in the Freddie Gray case have filed a civil suit against Marilyn Mosby, the Baltimore State’s Attorney, for defamation and invasion of privacy.
Supporters of criminal justice and sentencing reform tell us that prisons are overloaded with minority inmates, proving that the criminal justice system is racist. President Obama talks about it repeatedly, as do the sponsors of legislation pending in Congress which would retroactively reduce mandatory minimum sentences for drug traffickers and other violent felons.
Why, you might ask, are these liberals so anxious to turn violent criminals free? What is to be gained, you might wonder, by having these felons – many of whom will again be trafficking in drugs and committing violent crimes in the process – wandering around our cities, contributing to the heroin epidemic, and leaving thousands of victims in their wake?
Members of Congress are upset that we have too many criminals in federal prison. Prisons cost the taxpayers too much, they claim, and incarceration disrupts the criminals’ family lives. They decry the unfair mass incarceration of “low level” offenders, and tell us that the system is racist because a disproportionate number of minorities are in prison. Let them out, they claim, and try to “rehabilitate” them while they roam the streets once again.
Senators pushing hard to get criminal justice reform passed and onto the President’s desk, aware of the major criticism aimed at them from law enforcement groups, opposition from other Senators, and a host of constituents, have introduced a series of revisions to try to make the bill more palatable to critics. Certainly one of the reason the sponsors are restructuring the bill, which they previously advertised as applying only to nonviolent criminals, is because Senators running for re-election are terrified that releasing more violent criminals may harm their chances to return to Washington.
Legislation pending in both houses of Congress would reduce many mandatory minimum sentences imposed for serious crimes, many committed with a firearm, often involving chronic, violent offenders. It would also retroactively reduce sentencing provisions of The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, signed by Bill Clinton, which resulted in the conviction and imprisonment of thousands of violent criminals. The result would be to retroactively reduce penalties for thousands of serial armed career criminals including carjackers, bank robbers and kidnappers, reduce penalties for repeat high-level drug traffickers and weaken tools used by federal prosecutors to dismantle drug trafficking organizations.
With a twinkle in his eye, Stan liked to tell liberals that he never really liked Nixon until Watergate. Or that he didn’t care much for what Joe McCarthy was trying to accomplish, he just liked his methods. One of the