Sunday, October 02, 2005

Today's political shows are full of the DeLay indictment.

NPR is referring to DeLay as the "former" House Majority Leader. Eleanor Clift has him going to jail for years.

Mind you, none of the shows comment that a grand jury is a one sided proceeding where the defense does not get to appear, present evidence or cross-examine witnesses. Hence, the old saying, a grand jury would indict a ham sandwich.

Interesting, isn't it, that people as diverse as the Clintons and Michael Jackson get the "would indict a ham sandwich" treatment, while DeLay, on the other hand, is a zealot who's already been tried, judged, and dispatched to jail by the mainstream media.

UPDATE: Whoops! It turns out the original indictment covers conduct that wasn't a crime at the time.

Yes, a prosecutor can in fact get an indictment on a ham sandwich. Or an indictment on conduct that wasn't a crime. The mainstream media are downplaying this screw-up, saying it's a mere technicality. My ass. It's the difference between criminal and non-criminal behaviour. Technicality? I think not.

Mind you, it's good news for DeLay. A prosecutor this incompetent really ought to be working in Atlanta. And probably soon will be. Trying, oh, say, Ray Lewis.

UPDATE: News you won't hear on NPR, or read at the NYT: Let's give 'im a fair trial, and then hang 'im!

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