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Potential Bush Prosecutor AG Candidate in Vermont Lays-Out Jurisdiction

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The campaign of Charlotte Dennett  is gathering steam in Vermont.  Please call anyone you know in Vermont and TELL THEM TO VOTE FOR CHARLOTTE DENNETT ON TUESDAY!  To help go to CharDennett.org

Vermont Attorney General challenger Charlotte  Dennett and famous prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi reiterated that the state of Vermont would have clear jurisdiction in the prosecution of George Bush for the deaths of Vermont soldiers in Iraq.  In the Community Room of the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington on Oct. 24, before a lively audience, Dennett and Bugliosi contended that the "effects" principle of the law gave state prosecutors jurisdiction if it could be shown that a crime which occurred outside the territorial jurisdiction of the state had a harmful effect on the people of the state.  Vermont has the highest per capita loss of soldiers in Iraq of any state in the nation.

Bugliosi also argued, in response to a question from the audience, that the issue was not whether Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, but whether it was an imminent threat to the security of the United States.

"If the possession of weapons of mass destruction were the issue, we'd be attacking Pakistan or China or former republics of the Soviet Union.  What's missing is that Saddam Hussein was not a jihadist.  He loved life and wanted to live, and attacking the United States would mean certain death.  He never would have attacked the United States because that would be suicide."
Buugliosi went on to say: "They found him in a spider hole begging "don't shoot," he slept in a different bed every night.  Every conclusion by intelligence agencies that Saddam was not an imminent threat, in the report used to persuade Congress and the America people to go to war, was completely deleted by the White House."

In answer to a suggestion by a member of the audience that Congress must be prosecuted as well, because it also consented to the war, Bugliosi disagreed.  He said that since the evidence presented to Congress was fraudulent, that consent was obtained on a fraudulent basis, and therefore not valid.

"Show me a congressman who knew, at the time that Bush was lying, that he knew Bush was lying, then sure, he could be prosecuted too," said Bugliosi.
Dennett and Bugliosi have been traveling the state together in Dennett's campaign to unseat Attorney General William Sorrell. Dennett is also campaigning on a pledge to vigorously oppose the re-licensing of Vermont Yankee, the problem-riddled nuclear power plant which she contends has given many warning signs that it should be closed.

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"A collapsed cooling tower, a radiation leak which caused the evacuation of workers, it goes on and on.  How many warnings do we need?" Dennett has said on numerous occasions.  "Not only have they not closed it, the state actually allowed it to increase its radiation output by 20 percent." Dennett favors the long-term development of alternative energy sources which at same time help create jobs to replace those lost by the closing of Vermont Yankee, which is scheduled for re-licensing in 2012.

Dennett says that one of her first acts as attorney general, if elected, would be to appoint Bugliosi as Special Prosecutor against Bush.  As a Los Angeles District Attorney, Bugliosi successfully prosecuted 105 out of 106 felony jury trials, including 21 murder convictions without a loss.  He is best known for prosecuting Charles Manson.

At the library event, Bugliosi quoted President Calvin Coolidge, who said:  "If the spirit of liberty should vanish in other parts of the Union and support of our institutions should languish, it could all be replenished from the generous store held by the people of this brave little state of Vermont."


CBS News article: Vt. Candidate Vows To Prosecute Bush If Elected


Dennett website:
http://chardennett.org

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Ralph Lopez majored in Economics and Political Science at Yale University. He writes for Truth Out, Alternet, Consortium News, Op-Ed News, and other Internet media. He reported from Afghanistan in 2009 and produced a short documentary film on the (more...)
 

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