Saturday, January 17, 2009

A fair trial in a valid court of law

It is not controversial nor is it unpatriotic to say that anyone our government is accusing of a crime deserves a fair trial in a valid court of law, and that the American justice system is capable not only of conducting those trials, but also of meting out justice to any who might be convicted. There really is no valid excuse, political or otherwise, to not close Guantanamo and end military commissions immediately.


To which I say, Amen!
--the BB


David said...

it is so wonderful to see you and your fellow Americans animated and reconnecing with your citizenship

as a Canadian and citizen of the world i can only give heartfelt thanks for the end of Bush, but as dear Elizabeth reminds us 'we have to be the change'.

what an incredible time to be alive! enjoy every second of it, my dear friend.


Lindy said...

I am with you Paul. We shouldn't just let it go. There should be fair trials for all accused of war crimes, etc... if they are innocent then let them go with blessings and thanks. If not... Well, that's not really my decision. But, I do think we would benefit by putting the whole thing through the system.

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Fair and prompt.

Paul said...

Prompt, Göran yes.

Amendment VI
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

This has given rise to the phrase "justice delayed is justice denied."