Sunday, June 20, 2010

A ridiculous judge picks this case as a poster child for prosecutorial overreach?

U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock is outraged, just outraged that federal prosecutors managed to convict Lorraine Henderson on a felony charge related to her knowingly hiring an illegal alien to be her cleaning lady, and is publicly mulling in open court whether or not to unilaterally acquit the woman despite her being found guilty of the crime.

A felony-level indictment would seem to be a bit much to hang on a person for saving a bit of coin on their housecleaning, that is until one finds out just what Ms. Henderson did for a living:

"Henderson is suspended from her job with U.S. Customs and Border Protection keeping illegals from entering the country through Logan International Airport. She now works at a pet store."

Hopefully she's not in charge of "creatively" importing exotic animals.

"'It was hapless hypocrisy and she shouldn’t have done it,' Woodlock said. 'She was wrong, but a felony? It couldn’t even be a misdemeanor? A person’s life has been crushed as a result of prosecutorial discretion.'"

Yes, a felony, Your Honor.  Her life is hardly "crushed", you know.  It's not like she's even facing any jail time, for Pete's sake:

"Prosecutors recommended Henderson be sentenced to 36 months’ probation, eight months of it under home confinement or at a halfway house."

We think that minimal penalty, along with the stain of a felony conviction, is a perfectly appropriate sanction, given Ms. Henderson's willful dereliction of duty and blatant hypocrisy while in charge of Homeland Security at Logan, which is where two of the hijacked planes on 9/11 took off.

Judge Woodlock apparently doesn't see the importance of holding government officials accountable for their actions, especially when those actions fly directly in the face of the very laws they're supposed to be enforcing on the peasants, supposedly for our "security".

Well we do, and in this case the U.S. Attorneys are doing the exact right thing.  America won't be able to get a handle on the illegal immigration situation until we get a handle on the demand side of the equation as well, and this is as good a way as any to begin sanctioning employers who willfully ignore the law, especially people who can't say they didn't know there would be sanctions for doing so.

You should be ashamed of yourself, Judge.  Why are you so upset about this situation, anyway?  Who do you use for your cleaning services?

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