Political prosecutions undermine democracy

The limitless power and resources devoted to political prosecutions can be daunting. My prediction is that the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal will reverse this conviction, but in the meantime, Paul will have sat in prison for several years.

Also, it is doubtful that his wife of 41 years will spend her last days with Paul. She is now in her final stages of terminal brain cancer.

To shed light on just how capricious politically motivated prosecutors can be, Paul made a request to spend a few days with his wife before her imminent death. The Washington prosecutors involved in the case denied him even that right.

No matter though, Paul’s life is ruined the same way Ted Stevens’ life was ruined when politics mixes with unchecked prosecutorial power.

Seedy politics won, and democracy lost.

Mike Papantonio
Pensacola News Journal
4/8/9