Saturday, August 18, 2018

Now Let's Threaten the Judge and Jurors

The media believes that right wing extremists endanger the nation. It holds, as an article of faith, that right wing extremists are trying to shut down free and open debate. And it certainly promotes the notion that the Trump administration, along with the Republican Party threatens America’s sacrosanct democracy and its democratic norms.

Of course, it wasn’t a right wing extremist who opened fire on a softball game in Washington, severely injuring Rep. Steve Scalise. It wasn’t a right wing extremist who assaulted Sen. Rand Paul in his yard. And it wasn’t right wing extremists who assault Republicans in restaurants.

Has it ever happened that a band of Republicans has joined together to harass a Democrat over dinner?

By now, we all know that the anti-fascist left, symbolized by Antifa radicals, happily resort to violence in order to get their way. When they do, the mainstream media ignores it. The media has thus joined the Resistance. In complete defiance of democratic norms.

Naturally, the media and the radical left blame it on Donald Trump. After all, Trump did use intemperate rhetoric during the presidential campaign. And yet, if such rhetoric is so terrible, why does the radical left indulge in precisely the behaviors that it says it abhors: threats, intimidation, bullying.

Witness, the Paul Manafort trial, currently in jury deliberations in a Virginia courtroom. The radical left has threatened the the life of judge, T. S. Ellis and, through the mainstream press, it has tried to gain access to the names and addresses of the jurors. How better to defend democratic norms than to threaten jurors in a politicized prosecution.

Politico has the story:

“I had no idea this case would incite this emotion,” U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III said in an open court hearing, responding to a motion from seven news organizations, including POLITICO, seeking access to sealed materials related to the trial that would have publicly identified the jurors.

Ellis denied the motion, telling the courtroom that jurors were "scared” and “afraid.” As a result, Ellis said, he didn’t “feel right” releasing the names of the 12-person jury.

Judge Ellis is currently being guarded by federal marshals. He does not even go to his hotel along. And he has not divulged the name of the hotel where he is staying.

Powerline comments:

So they want to know who the jurors are so they can apply pressure on them through mob action, newspaper denunciations, online harassment and so on. This is how today’s Democratic Party operates. If the jury fails to render the Democrats’ preferred verdict, what do you suppose Maxine Waters will suggest Democrats should do to the jurors if they venture out in public?

The radical left, and some members of the not-so-radical left want to win at any cost. They are happy to interfere in jury deliberations, by using threats and intimidation to ensure the verdict that they want. Who does this? Well, we know who does this: organized crime syndicates have always tried to influence jurors, to bribe and threaten them.


Anonymous said...

Thinking about the possibility of being personally targeted for sitting on a jury— while sealing the envelope responding to my juror questionnaire this afternoon.


Sam L. said...

The Left hates anyone who does or could get in the way of doing what they want.
Scare tactics, with a history of backing that up.