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September 11, 2009

Wee Weed Up: Andrew "Cheech" Sullivan Busted for Public Pot Possession; Judge Decries Favoritism as Obama's US Attorney Steps in and Dismisses Charge

By the Way: Do not give Andrew Sullivan traffic, clicking to his site to see if he's offered a response.

He hasn't.

When he offers a response, I'll post it here.

In the meantime, let's not let him profit from corruption.

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"Special treatment," reads the headline at Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. (Now remembering the Glenn Beck smear, I checked the site to see if it appears to be legit and long-standing; it does. But I confess I've never heard of this particular outlet before.)

Oolitical commentator, author and writer for The Atlantic magazine Andrew M. Sullivan won’t have to face charges stemming from a recent pot bust at the Cape Cod National Seashore — but a federal judge isn’t happy about it.

U. S. Magistrate Judge Robert B. Collings says in his decision that the case is an example of how sometimes “small cases raise issues of fundamental importance in our system of justice.”

He was given a tiny citation for $125. No jail or anything.

But... even that was dismissed.

Because the extremely liberal Sullivan wasn't too proud to call upon his extremely liberal buddies in government.

But the U.S. Attorney’s Office sought to dismiss the case. Both the federal prosecutor and Sullivan’s attorney said it would have resulted in an “adverse effect” on an unspecified “immigration status” that Sullivan, a British citizen, is applying for.

At the hearing, Collings observed that Sullivan would still have to state on his application that he had been charged with a crime, and Kb>he asked both the prosecutor and Sullivan’s attorney, Robert Delahunt Jr. (cousin of U. S. Rep. William D. Delahunt), for more information about why paying the $125 would have “any additional adverse effect.”

When no attorney could fully answer the question beyond citing advice from immigration lawyers, Collings requested that Delahunt submit a brief on the issue. But before Delahunt could reply, Assistant U. S. Attorney James F. Lang jumped in and said that Collings had no power to inquire why the U.S. Attorney had decided to have the charge dismissed.

Collings says he expressed his concern that “a dismissal would result in persons in similar situations being treated unequally before the law. … persons charged with the same offense on the Cape Cod National Seashore were routinely given violation notices, and if they did not agree to [pay the fine] were prosecuted by the United States Attorney … there was no apparent reason for treating Mr. Sullivan differently from other persons charged with the same offense.”

In fact, noted Collings, there were several other defendants appearing in court the same day who were charged with the same offense.

In his opinion, Collings wrote that the U.S. Attorney is “is not being faithful to a cardinal principle of our legal system, i.e., that all persons stand equal before the law and are to be treated equally in a court of justice once judicial processes are invoked. It is quite apparent that Mr. Sullivan is being treated differently from others who have been charged with the same crime in similar circumstances.”

Full opinion is linked at the article linked.

Rotten stinking bastards. Sullivan, his corrupt connected lawyer, that miserable corrupt bastard Delahunt, that miserable corrupt Obama attorney.

All lookin' out for each other.


To Be Fair... Gabe points out it was an Associate US Attorney who stepped in here, who would be a careerist, and hence he's not sure if it's fair to call him "Obama's attorney."

Well... look. I don't think this attorney got the idea to quash a run-of-the-mill noncriminal pot speeding ticket on his own.

And he also responded "FYNQ" here, stating the US Attorney did not have to explain why he was making this decision.

The way that is phrased, by the way, suggests (without quite proving) it was the political-appointee US Attorney making the call, rather than the careerist AUSA.

Thanks: to "B. Obama" for the Wee Weed Up headline joke.

Oh, and by the way: Andrew Sullivan had a personal meeting with Obama, with other leftist bloggers.

I'm sure that played no role whatsoever here.

The Chicago Way.






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