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The Edwards Prosecution -- They have better things to do

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A more familiar figure spoke out in support:  "Through the Financial Fraud Task Force, we are making clear that the Obama Administration is going to act aggressively and proactively in a coordinated effort to combat financial fraud," said Treasury Secretary Geithner. November 17, 2009

What are they waiting for? Better yet, we should ask, why are they waiting?  And, why is the US Attorney's office that covers a major banking center, Charlotte, North Carolina, wasting his time prosecuting John Edwards?

We Live in a Lawless Nation

When great crimes go uninvestigated, let alone unpunished, and petty acts are construed to be crimes for political reasons, it is fair to conclude that we life in a lawless nation.  That doesn't mean all participants in the legal system are lawless, far from it.  It means that those in the seats of great power use that power to protect the very wealthy no matter what the crimes, at the expense of the rest of us.  For them, the law is a tool for control and settling scores.

The Bush administration mounted a systematic assault on what remained of the Constitution's protections for individuals against unjust prosecution and mistreatment by the system.  They provided tools for their successors in the Obama administration to carry on with abuses of power.  Unfounded and petty prosecutions like the Edwards's case and failure to prosecute the perpetrators of the financial collapse are just two examples.

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