It’s crooked and it really stinks.
The chattering classes click their tongues and wonder why anti-establishmentarian candidates in both parties draw such a passionate response from so many people.
All they need to do is look at Houston, Texas, and they have their answer.
A citizen-whistleblower spends years undercover, investigating a big industry. He finds evidence of illegal activity at one of the industry’s offices in Houston. The matter goes to the District Attorney.
The District Attorney investigates—and indicts the whistleblower.
Oh, forgot to mention: One of the prosecutors in the DA’s office is on the board of the big company the whistleblower was investigating.
Hello crony capitalism?
Suppose the company under investigation were illegally trading in ivory. Suppose the DA’s office had a prosecutor who was on the board of the Natural Resources Defense Council or another organization that had an interest in elephants’ rights. What do you think the outcome would be? How heavy a book would they throw at the ivory trader?
The DA’s office would be thrilled to have a ready-made case put in their lap, videos and all, of executives bargaining over the price to be paid for illegal substances, seeking to maximize their profits at the expense of innocent, protected elephants. That ivory-trader would be indicted in the blink of an eye.
National media would be all over the case within hours. Someone would be calling for a federal investigation as well, since there are federal statutes that apply. A week later, the ivory trader might be asking for police protection.
Now, suppose the company were a real-estate developer trying to keep its properties “exclusive” and the whistleblower were a minority customer trying to buy a property. Suppose the DA’s office had a prosecutor who was on the board of the Fair Housing Alliance. Can’t you just imagine how that indictment might go? Can’t you just see the headlines?
Regarding the second case, there actually is a federal statute authorizing whistleblowing and undercover investigations, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), which also permits whistleblowers to recover damages from companies whose illegal actions they reveal.
It’s politically correct to indict and pile on ivory traders and racially-discriminating landlords. Three cheers for whistleblowers who reveal them to be breaking the law.
But the whistleblower in this case is David Daleiden, of the Center for Medical Progress.
Uh-oh. Pro-lifer. Not politically correct, even in Houston.
One of the prosecutors in Harris County District Attorney’s office is on the board of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast is one of the biggest traffickers, according to David Daleiden.
This is the same District Attorney that failed to bring an indictment against a Houston abortionist who committed illegal late-term abortions. Now we might know why: Devon Anderson received a $25,000 campaign contribution from the abortionist’s attorney.
It’s a case of a politically-correct big industry trying to break the law and profit from the sale of baby body parts.
The whistleblower is the politically-incorrect pro-life side. David Daleiden, of the Center for Medical Progress, is the one who got indicted.
What’s wrong with this picture?
When the judicial system accommodates itself to the interests of an individual or a business, that’s not justice.
In this case it looks like the prosecutor put her finger on the scales of justice to protect her favored company, one from which she received benefit. If that isn’t crony capitalism, what is?
It looks crooked.
When legislators become the lackeys of certain industries, the public has hope that things can change. That hope finds expression in support for anti-establishment candidates. It’s called “throw the rascals out.”
But when the judicial process is just as corrupt, where do the people go for justice?
And the chattering class clicks its tongue and wonders why the American people are so disgusted with politics as usual.
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Connie Marshner is a commentator and researcher on life and family issues in the Washington, D.C., area.