Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Once again, the FBI gets to do its own thing

I think that child porn producers are among the lowest form of life in our society, and that those guilty of such crimes should rot in jail for the rest of their lives, with no hope for parole. There's absolutely no sympathy from me for such a vile creature.

Having said that, I believe that Timothy Richards, who was convicted of such a crime, certainly has the right to know why the lead FBI agent in charge of investigating his case and others, Monique Winkis, has been fired specifically due "to her conduct in the investigation of cases related to Defendant Richards' prosecution."

Federal Judge Aleta Trauger disagrees with myself and Richards's attorney, however, and has ordered the details of Winkis's firing sealed. Therefore, Richards and his lawyer have no way of knowing if the agent's misconduct in his case tainted the evidence and robbed him of a fair defense, which seems probable since Winkis was canned over her behavior in the investigation, which hardly ever happens at the ol' Bureau, which seems to overlook just about every other overreaching boo-boo committed by its agents.

Once again, the lowly peasant isn't privy to vitally important evidence that could affect their serving decades in prison, all because the mighty FBI could be embarrassed over the unveiling of the details. If Richards is guilty, convict him the proper way and send his scummy butt to the slammer for life. If the agency screwed up the investigation due to a rogue agent, it has the duty to admit so publicly and promptly, in order to preserve the rule of law. Otherwise, the perception among the public will be that the justice system is unfairly biased towards the police, which is one of the hallmarks of a police state, and that will forever affect how the peasants view the criminal justice system and its employees.

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