Friday, March 17, 2017

Lock-up, Stockman, And Barrel

Long-time ZVTS readers (all three of you) will recognize the name Steve Stockman.  I've covered his rise in Texas Republican politics for a while now as a "Tea Party before there was a Tea Party" House Republican.  He loves his guns and he hates Obama, so much so that he threatened to shut down the government and even impeach the President if Democrats tried passing any gun safety legislation after Sandy Hook.

Last we had checked on him in June 2014, he had lost his Senate primary challenge to John Cornyn, was retiring from the House, and was facing possible campaign finance violations for accepting donations from staffers.

Well, it turns out that campaign finance case was a lot more serious than anyone thought at the time, and Stockman is now facing felony conspiracy charges.

Steve Stockman, who served two stints in the U.S. House of Representatives, spent part of Friday in federal court. 
Stockman, a Tea Party favorite who courted controversy thorough two congressional terms, was brought into court Thursday shackled and handcuffed. 
He is accused of conspiring to violate federal election laws during his last term in office. It's a felony that could send him to federal prison if he's convicted
As Stockman stood before the judge Thursday afternoon, prosecutors alleged that the former Congressman had conspired with two former employees to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars to his personal use. 
According to the complaint, in 2011 Stockman set up a non-profit called Life Without Limits in Las Vegas. A single contributor donated $350,000 to the charity, which Stockman then allegedly funneled back to himself through donations made by his employees. 
Stockman said he understood the charge. Judge Stephen Smith set bail at $25,000.

How far this will go I have no idea, but it would be rather rich for the guy who wanted to jail Obama to end up in decidedly substandard federal housing for a while...and lose his right to vote as a convicted felon in Texas.

Lady Justice may be blind, but she has an awfully good sense of smell to know when someone stinks.

Escape From LA (County Courthouse)

Trump regime ICE agents squaring off with California's immigrant-friendly communities are literally taking the battle over arresting the undocumented to court.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have been going to courthouses and arresting people in America illegally, sparking outrage from prosecutors and attorneys.

They worry such tactic will discourage undocumented immigrants from appearing in court to testify as witnesses for prosecutors.

Criminal defense lawyer Octavio Chaidez said his client is among those taken into custody by ICE agents, who arrested him at the Los Angeles Superior Court in Pasadena.

He said he had just finished a criminal court appearance with his client when four agents swooped in, confirmed his name and took his client away.

“It was very shocking because it occurred inside of a courthouse, and the reason for the detention had nothing to do with that proceeding,” recalled Chaidez, who would not say if his client has a criminal history.

Chaidez said he is among many attorneys and prosecutors who worry ICE arrests at courthouses will create enough fear of deportation among witnesses or victims of crimes to affect the outcomes of cases.

“They may refuse to contact the police. They may refuse to give testimony as a witness. They may refuse to show up in court, and that affects the entire system,” the attorney explained.

Again, the newly empowered ICE brownshirts are there to create an atmosphere of constant fear, fear of ICE agents around every corner, hiding in every public building or corner, waiting to arrest and deport people who have been living here in some cases for decades, working jobs, raising families and paying taxes.

Now they are the hunted.

The Bush era of "compassionate conservatism" is dead and buried.  Conservatism now is white nationalism, with the power of the government used to preserve the American ethno-state against demography at a frightening price.  These are people preparing for a war inside our own borders, folks, nudging forward the corrosion of legal, ethical, and social norms in order to take vicious, decisive action when the foundations finally crack.

That may be sooner rather than later.


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