Muzzle the Defense
April 2, 2011 8:54 PM Subscribe
The chances that a powerful person will make an error are much greater than those of a weak person.
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Scott Horton translates Benjamin Constant
, references Robespierre
, and offers insight on modern efforts to preclude meaningful trials in federal court.There is something about power that distorts judgments more or less. The chances that a powerful person will make an error are much greater than those of a weak person. Power has recourse to its own resources. Weakness must draw on reason. All other things being equal, it is always true that those who govern have opinions which are less just, less sane, less impartial than those whom they govern.
And enormous efforts are underway in Congress—in measures proposed by John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman—to skew the entire process in favor of the prosecution, to put a muzzle on defense lawyers and to mark as radioactive evidence which would reflect poorly on the jailers (or more particularly, the shadowy political hacks who manipulated the process).