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ARMY: Burden of proof is on prosecution

Letter by Tom Henderson, Lacey on Feb. 1, 2011 at 11:52 am with 16 Comments »
February 1, 2011 12:06 pm

Re: “Did Army employee spy on protesters on his own time?” (editorial, 2-1).

If the Pierce or Thurston County prosecutors believe this Army employee committed a crime, under the Posse Comitatus Act or otherwise, then let them go forward with the charges.

However, some of The News Tribune editorial board’s remarks are disturbing, particularly in regard to the Army’s claim that Towery was acting on his own time: “We hope they have proof to back that up in a court of law” and “the Army bears the burden of proof that this didn’t happen in our back yard.”


When did the burden of proof shift to the accused? I have to ask, are you really serious? Was there a fundamental change in our legal system that we didn’t hear about?

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  1. I agree with you Tom. There’s a lot of revisionist law going on in this country lately. While we’re talking about obeying the law, I wonder when this administration will begin obeying a court decision recently made on Obama-Care? The Federal judge ruled the law unconstitutional but they are pretending to be blind, deaf and dumb and continue to ignore the decision. How can the government expect me to obey the law when they are the biggest violators? If I disregarded a judge’s ruling and continued to break the law, I’d be in jail. Does that also apply to the president? If not, why not?

  2. Excellent point Tom.

    I’d answer your question, but most of us already know the answer.

  3. September 11, 2001

  4. BlaineCGarver says:

    Excellent letter, Tom. The answer is called “Situational Outrage”…It’s a disease that is politically transfered when a person or group believes that they have the right to make exceptions based on what they think is the right thing to do.

  5. whatIdo says:

    So xring is a truther?

  6. Whatldo, about as much are a birther.

  7. Frosty, four other federal judges have ruled the Health Care Reform Law to constitutional.

  8. whatldo, make that “about as much as you are a birther.”

  9. xring, it doesn’t matter how many judges ruled it constitutional as long as one ruled against it, it must stand as unconstitutional until it is overturned by a higher court (or a constitutional amendment.

  10. Frosty,

    1. The mandate is a typical right wing red herring because on an executive order that it not be enforced.

    2. In spite of what one right wing activist judge says the basic bill can be modified and the President has expressed his willingness to do so.

  11. great letter, great points. So simple, and yet so twisted by the editorial board at the TNT, and the wanna-be hippies that were looting and blocking military transports.

  12. xring, I noticed a few “caveats’ in your reply, ie; “the basic bill “can” be modified”. Can be? or “will be” is the real question. The judge ruled the entire bill unconstitutional, not just part of it, therefore they need to start over from scratch. You say the mandate is a “typical right wing red herring”? Well, that “red herring has sure put a glitch in Obama-care and seems to be taken very seriously by the dems. The dems blew this one, and so ends the left wing agenda, bye bye!

  13. Frosty,
    The judge ruled the Law unconstitutional because in HIS opinion the law did not state it could be modified, so by finding one part unconstitutional the whole bill must be unconstitutional. However, since any bill can be modified, or revised what we have is a tempest in a tea cup that is on its way to the Supreme Court where it will be decided by a 5-4 decision.

    The major mistake the Dems and White House made was in thinking the RepbuiCorp serfs in Congress would support something that would help the 98% of us who are not considered rich.

    And before you start about the 2010 election results, ever reputable exit pool put healthcare a distant third behind jobs and the economy.

    The beat goes on, and the left is not out of the race.

  14. I’m not rich and it actually hurts me in long run. Not sure where you suppose it will help “98%”, but then again, when a lefty makes an assertion they just expect people to believe it w/o any supporting facts.

  15. 98% of Americans earn uner $250,000 per year.

    Zen teaches you to take nothing as truth that you cannot verify through your own senses.

  16. whatIdo says:

    Nifty figure. Unfortunately it doesn’t support your idea that Obamacare will help 98% of us.

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