Monday, April 27, 2009

A curious omission

Federal prosecutors secured a 10-year sentence against the sheriff and four years in prison for the deputies. But that 1983 case -- which would seem to be directly on point for a legal analysis on waterboarding two decades later -- was never mentioned in the four Bush administration opinions released last week.

I guess they never heard of Google or Lexis. Or maybe, just maybe, they don't consider St. Ronnie's era as worthy of emulation as they pretend they do.

You may read about how Reagan's DOJ prosecuted a sheriff for waterboarding in Jason Leopold's article here.

I like MinistryOfTruth's comment in discussing the Leopold article here:
If there is no equality under the law there can be no justice. If a dumbass Sheriff from Texas can go to jail for 10 years for authorizing waterboarding of prisoners, so can a dumbass President from Texas.
I remember reading about the 1983 waterboarding case. The court case is available in PDF format here.

h/t to MinistryOfTruth

--the BB

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