Le site Bellaciao: coloré, multiple, ou le meilleur cotoie fort heureusement le pire, mélangé, bizarre, picabien et dadaîste, explorant toutes sortes de registres et de régimes rhétoriques, drole et polémiqueur, surréaliste: rencontre d'un parapluie et d'une machine à coudre sur une table de dissection, têtes de Lénine sur le clavier d'un piano Steinway ou Bosendorfer...
209898836 IP
236864721 pages
(since 02/10/2002)
78 connectés
Senal en Vivo
with Bellaciao
Bellaciao hosted by
To rebel is right, to disobey is a duty, to act is necessary !
Bellaciao  mobile version   |   Home  |   About us   |   Donation  |   Links  |   Contact  |   Search
Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case

Saturday August 20, 2005 - 00:06
JPEG - 12.9 kb

VATICAN CITY — Lawyers for Pope Benedict XVI have asked President Bush to declare the pontiff immune from liability in a lawsuit that accuses him of conspiring to cover up the molestation of three boys by a seminarian in Texas, court records show.

The Vatican’s embassy in Washington sent a diplomatic memo to the State Department on May 20 requesting the U.S. government grant the pope immunity because he is a head of state, according to a May 26 motion submitted by the pope’s lawyers in U.S. District Court for the Southern Division of Texas in Houston.

Joseph Ratzinger is named as a defendant in the civil lawsuit. Now Benedict XVI, he’s accused of conspiring with the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to cover up the abuse during the mid-1990s.

In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Gerry Keener, said Tuesday that the pope is considered a head of state and automatically has diplomatic immunity.

Lawyers for abuse victims say the case is significant because previous attempts to implicate the Vatican, the pope or other church officials in U.S. sex abuse proceedings have failed — primarily because of immunity claims and the difficulty serving Vatican officials with U.S. lawsuits. (AP)

PDF - 44.5 kb
ratzinger letter’s

Leave a comment
Print this article

Commentaires de l'article

> Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case
Saturday August 20 - 03:55 - Posted by e7ee295f58663a65...

The pope, who is just a man, should have no more immunity that any minister in any other religion. The Bible teaches that no man comes to the Father except throught Jesus Christ, not the pope. If this man, the pope, did what he is accused of, then he should be put on trial for his crimes.

> Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case
Monday August 22 - 08:09 - Posted by bdd78563185878ee...

If another man of the cloth was involved in a cover-up of a pedophile, he most certainly would be accused, arrested, and go on trial. What makes the Pope and the Catholic Church above the law.

I am tired of hearing that the Pope is God’s representative on Earth.

If this is so, the Pope is actually representing Satan.

He is not representing my God and Jesus Christ.

> Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case
Wednesday February 22 - 19:57 - Posted by 13a66dbe7d32a235...

What an insult to Satan! FTP

> Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case
Monday August 22 - 08:18 - Posted by bdd78563185878ee...

That’s right! The Pope is just a man. He is not divine. He is not God.

It is abhorent that he is being granted immunity from this lawsuit.

The Pope covered up the fact that a Catholic seminarian is a pedophile and committed a crime against children, not to mention the shame and trauma these children have been subjected to.

The Pope should be cleaning up his own House. It should not have come to a lawsuit.

What the Pope is saying and doing are two different things.

Does the Pope have to go to confession? He was born into original sin and is not above committing sins himself, as he did in this case.

Vatican CITY is not a state. He is not a head of state.

It is absolutely wrong to offer him immunity!

> Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case
Tuesday December 27 - 00:20 - Posted by 7e0387eceed13fef...

I’m sorry, but Vatican City is a political state, recognized as such throughout the world. The US even has an ambassador assigned to the Vatican.
Secondly, no mattter what he is accused of, the Pope is not subject to our laws or jurisprudence even if he were not the Pope. The President of the US does not even have to grant him immunity - he has it already. To seek to subpoena him to appear in a US courtroom is pure demagoguery on the part of some lawyer(s). If he is to be charged, it would have to be in an international court - an institution, incidentally, that I have trouble with because of the inherent potential abuse.

Lest anyone get the wrong impression, I have no illusions about the papacy and the Roman Church. Luther had it right and things haven’t changed since. The Roman Catholic Church is a blot on the face of Christianity. And they have company with some other "Christian" institutions who make of the Bible a book subject to their own reasoning and superior knowledge. In other words, they make themselves superior over God who is revealed to us only in HIS WORD, the Bible. Neither do I have any sympathy for people who would abuse children. They need to be stopped and punished. Incidentally, even in this case, the Pope is nt accused of inflicting abuse on any child.

Finally, I object to those who seem to want to make this a political thing and, of course, blame George Bush. Why not? He gets blamed for everything else that’s wrong in this world. And, they tell us, he is not popular in other parts of the world either. What foreign leader is popular in this country? And we don’t even have to deal with their superior economic and/or military might!!

> Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case
Wednesday February 22 - 19:58 - Posted by 13a66dbe7d32a235...

Get rid of Vatican City-Sue the City for Corruption

> Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case
Sunday August 28 - 23:42 - Posted by 316b0588be1601b7...

So ’no man comes to the Father except through J.C’. Maybe they should re-write this section of the Bible, ’The Father comes all over the kids in the name of Jesus Christ!’. A more accurate description of the modern church.

> Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case
Saturday August 20 - 10:10 - Posted by 45795db7636705be...

I say investigate and prosecute if in fact the crime was commited.Children are NOT sex toys for evil adults, regardless of the funny hats you may wear.

> Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case
Saturday August 20 - 17:34 - Posted by ffb0740ee09e0925...

How regal, wealthy, powerful and well fed they look. Fact of the matter is, they are modern day witch doctors with a long history of mesmerizing the masses. Can you picture Jesus sitting in his place? Hardly. What people don’t realize is that these people are religious politicians voted into office same as our own political people in government. All these politicians have going for them is their lofty titles, nothing else. If a crime has being committed, ’pay the piper’!!!!!

> Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case
Monday August 22 - 08:41 - Posted by bdd78563185878ee...

Yes, the Church is big on opulent attire and various rituals such as High Mass.

The Church does not stand up well to inspection. What about the Spanish Inquisition.

I recommend that interested parties view a movie titled "The Name of the Rose." It stars Sean Connery andEmilio Estevez, I believe.

This is not the Church of Jesus Christ. No way!

The Pope during World War II is to be canonized and will or already has been granted sainthood.

The Catholic Church did nothing to assist the Jewish people during the Holocaust.

Some say the Church was in collusion with the Nazis. I don’t know if it is true, but it wouldn’t surprise me.

Haul this guy into court and prosecute him. He is not above the law.

Diplomatic immunity has been used many times to absolve people who have committed sins.

Diplomatic immunity is wrong.

> Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case
Wednesday February 22 - 20:00 - Posted by 13a66dbe7d32a235...

Sue the Vatican City Council

> Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case
Monday August 22 - 08:28 - Posted by bdd78563185878ee...

What’s to investigate?

We already know that the Pope helped to cover up a crime against children.

Yes, there are pedophiles among the ranks of seminarians, priests, and even higher-placed men in the Catholic Church.

The Pope should not be excused from this Texan trial. He was involved in the cover-up.

I am renouncing my membership in the Catholic Church due to the acts of pedophiles within the Church hierarchy.

I have learned that down through the ages, certain Popes have had mistresses or young children to act out their sexual urges.

Don’t do as I do, do as I say.

This Church is beyond fixing.

Droves of seminarians and priests should leave the sinking ship, if they are aware enough.

> Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case
Sunday August 21 - 11:30 - Posted by bc75a309ea9b68e3...



> Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case
Sunday August 21 - 23:09 - Posted by 316b0588be1601b7...

There is something wrong with us. We do what is wrong when we know what is right.

I hope that when the end comes it will be for us all so that we can’t continue to repeat history then forget it over and over again.

There is something wrong with us. I wish for the end every day.

> Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case
Monday August 22 - 08:53 - Posted by bdd78563185878ee...

Wishing for the end every day is a sign of depression. I would see a doctor if I were you.

Let’s face it. We are in the End Times. Look around you and see what is happening.

Just because life as we know it is going to change sometime soon doesn’t mean that this Pope should get off the hook for his collusion in this pedophile case.

There is something wrong only with some of us. Catholics who are pedophiles and act out their fantasies with innocent children in their congregations are definitely wrong and they know it.

Unless we learn something from this incident history will be conveniently changed.

The United States has accused the Russians and other countries of rewriting history. Now, America is doing the same thing.

The U.S. is now a poor example of a peaceful democracy. Why should other countries try to emulate our Government?

> Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case
Wednesday February 22 - 20:02 - Posted by 13a66dbe7d32a235...

Get sight of Vatican City Records,Raise an action in the Vatican Court....Let the People Sing

> Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case
Monday August 22 - 01:16 - Posted by 1121d3567e07cdcb...

Investigate and Prosecute. I don’t care who this guy is, do not give anyone special treatment in a case such as this. The priests and higher ups in the Church have been given enough special treatment in the past. If the man is a criminal treat him like one.That is what the court would do to me or any other person not in a "HIGH" position. It is time for those in these positions to have to answer to the law!!!

> Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case
Monday August 22 - 09:06 - Posted by bdd78563185878ee...

Right now, the Bush Regime has the lowest percentage of approval than any other time since he has been in office. If Bush actually grants the Pope immunity, his approval rate will continue to drop.

The Pope is a criminal and should be treated as such.

Why was he chosen in the first place?

> Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case
Monday August 22 - 03:24 - Posted by 09d21321bea1a680...

It’s very interesting how the shoe ends up on the other foot! Now as supreme pontif, the new pope is asking for immunity in a case, in which he was involved himself! What does this say about the great Roman Catholic Church?

The only thing it can say is incidents of this type have been going on in the church for years, and have been covered up incestantly. However, since the media grabbed hold of a few events and have delved deeper into them, the leaders of the church cry out for immunity. What have the victims of the abuse to say? Obviously, guilt comes into play here, and the pope should be punished if he is guilty, like any other ’molester’ of children! No immunity should be bestowed upon the great pontif if he is guilty, and the investigation should be continued by parties outside of the church!

Luther, former victim of abuse in the Catholic Church

> Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case
Monday August 22 - 09:12 - Posted by bdd78563185878ee...

Yes, I agree.

There have been pedophiles in the Catholic Church down through the ages.

Most have gone unpunished.

Let’s punish those we now know about. It’s the least we can do.

How are the victims being treated by the Church. They are the ones who have suffered.

Instead, the Pope asks Bush for immunity.

Don’t give it to him!

> Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case
Tuesday August 23 - 07:20 - Posted by 27137ac02089d7f2...

Bush, the criminal head of the criminal’s club has already assured the great Satan Benedict that he is automatically immune from prosecution "as the head of a sovereign country" (yeah right). These people are above the laws and will never be prosecuted. Look at Bush’s friend Kenneth Lay, head Enron crook, he has never even been charged with a crime let alone get the Michael Jackson treatment.

> Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case
Friday August 26 - 22:05 - Posted by ecb4a611a8ea9e5f...

How sad that a so called man of God thinks that it is ok to cover up abuse, especially of children. In my mind, that’s the worst evil of all. How can that not be considered a sin in the Catholic Church? I know that’s one of the main reasons I am no longer a practicing Catholic. Should the government grant this criminal immunity, there will be no hope left for the human race because we will be living in Hell on earth.

As someone who was abused sexually as a child, I would rather have been murdered than to have gone through that torture. I think that the pope should be tried and given a life sentence!

> Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case
Thursday September 22 - 01:41 - Posted by 15e22fda2244eab3...

First, this attorney has not presented any shred of evidence that there is a cover-up on the part of the Pope except his own convenient interpretation. Second, the pope has not never been a resident or citizen of this country for him to be subject to US laws. It is ridiculous that an unknown attorney wants to create fame for himself by filing a lawsuit against a well known international personality and mainly for just one reason greed- greed -greed. It is also imperialistic for a US judge and/or attorney to think that he has jurisdiction
of citizens and residents of other countries. The US has refused to approve International measures that will subject US citizens that directly committ crimes in other countries and then flee to the US be sent back to the countries where they committed the crimes. It is high time time that US courts, judges and unknown attorneys recognize that they are not above international laws and rules.

This case is about a seminarian and he is solely responsible for those acts and should face punishment and pay the costs if he was guilty.

Also, the Catholic church is not the only owner of child molestation problems. Any google or yahoo search and you will find protestant priests of all denominations, Jewish Rabbis, atheists, agnostics, police, judges, politicians, boy scout masters, minor leage coaches, family members, etc., that have been sent to jail for child molestation. Just recently, the LA Times had an article about the Adventist church paying $10 million for a cover up on child molestation. The only problem is that because it did not involve the Catholic church it was not a front page news, but rather a page 39 news. Also three police (including a higher up in the Los Angeles police Department) where recently arrested for child molestation/porn. As this cases did not involve the Catholic church (for it will be front page news), it published the articles in the back pages of the second section. When it comes to Catholicism no question, that the US media tends to be very anti-Catholic.

The prestigious and well known Department of Psychiatry of the John Hopkins University did a research on the incidence of molestation on the part of Catholic Priests and found that the incidence is lower than the incidence of molestation among family members and about the same as the general population. How many families are hiding and/or not reporting the molestation of children to the authorities? Lets stop being hypocrites in pointing a finger, when you have three fingers pointing at yourself.

> Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case
Friday April 28 - 18:04 - Posted by c26d48a72db419d7...

I subscribe this last message, more valid than all the others

An Italian Catholic.

> Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case
Monday July 16 - 19:26 - Posted by 06d8a1295e6306d3...

You have got to be kidding........

All of the offenders in those other churches and groups had the opportunity to go to jail....and many of them have. The problem that I have is that Catholics don’t go to jail. And the reason i believe they don’t go to jail is because Catholicism and/or the POPE is above US law.

Catholics can do whatever they want....leagally or ilegally......moraly or immoraly.

> Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case
Saturday August 25 - 05:47 - Posted by cf11de8a4b7f2c02...




> Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case
Tuesday May 25 - 03:05 - Posted by win - bdbc1a847d93920a...

"He said the delay in defrocking Teta was caused by a hold on appeals while the Vatican changed regulations over its handling of sex abuse cases. In the meantime, he said, cautionary measures were in place; Teta had been suspended since 1990." Huffington Post article.

So apparently the Priest was suspended, but the lawyers still want to make an issue of it.

The Pope has diplomatic immunity as do diplomats from other nations.

> Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case
Friday September 3 - 19:10 - Posted by guillermo balletbo (real name) - 4cde15d18601c1bf...

well Noriega nerver lived in US,but look what happened to him.

Pope seeks immunity in Texas abuse case
Sunday January 17 - 11:20 - Posted by 139d8791387fcf87...

those church people are all just a conspiring group of child molesting misfits. shocking they have all the power.

UPDATE: Get somebody with a history, not an opportunist
Wednesday 29 - 06:38
by Timbre Wolf
Between the democracy and the war, there is Recep Tayyip Erdogan…
Tuesday 28 - 20:58
by laurentgantner
Luanda Poised to Take Its Place on the World Stage
Monday 27 - 22:51
28th Amendment
Saturday 25 - 00:05
by Timbre Wolf
1 comment
Grexit, first Act
Friday 24 - 13:09
by Raffaele Sciortino
Europe’s Impossible Dream
Tuesday 21 - 16:58
by Paul Krugman
"The Streets Of Athens Will Fill With Tanks"
Tuesday 21 - 16:44
by Tyler Durden
Judah Ben-Hur for US President 2016
Tuesday 21 - 15:37
Who is Flavio Becca? The bricklayer who is about to crash
Monday 20 - 15:04
Sunday 19 - 02:21
by David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
1 comment
Greece, austerity and the questions to pose
Friday 17 - 22:34
by InfoAut
Tomorrow (on Saturday) it will stay 48 hours in Alexeï Tsipras To create the BMG
Friday 17 - 17:03
by laurentgantner
Meet Leonid Sedov, the young lawyer behind Ukraine’s corruption
Thursday 16 - 19:27
by Oleg Karpov
1 comment
Maka Angola and Rafael Marques should have nothing to hide from Angola’s NGO ref
Saturday 11 - 17:22
by Celia Perron
Greece will enter maybe finally the European Union this weekend …
Friday 10 - 22:32
by laurentgantner
Get to Know Mirco de Jesus Martins
Thursday 9 - 23:40
by FergusTes
Oxi Means NO... or at least it should
Sunday 5 - 22:26
by Daniel Patrick Welch
OXI !!!
Sunday 5 - 13:06
by Roberto Ferrario
The Greek Tragedy. The Antigones against Creon
Saturday 4 - 10:37
by InformationGuerrilla
UFO Truth?
Friday 3 - 15:26
by Government Snitch
Greece - The Time of Refusal
Thursday 2 - 17:05
by InfoAut
1 comment
Valle de San Quintín labourers: a reflection of shame and demands for justice
Monday 29 - 21:16
by Guillermo Castillo Ramírez
Civil unrest in America is due
Saturday 27 - 16:31
by Willam Morgan
The Doha Goals Forum against discriminations
Friday 26 - 23:29
by Pierce Durdan
The Evolution of Revolution
Thursday 25 - 17:06
by Timbre Wolf
Young Entrepreneurs Doing Sustainable Business in Angola
Tuesday 23 - 17:26
by Enrique Ramires
Taxation Without Representation—Déjà vu
Sunday 7 - 18:15
by William John Cox
The specter of 1968 in Baltimore
Sunday 7 - 12:18
Regional Elections in Italy mark a stop for Renzi’s neoliberal project
Sunday 7 - 11:05
by InfoAut
. . . And this leads us to the corporation’s “Most Threatening Man.”
Sunday 7 - 03:10
by Timbre Wolf
How Mirco de Jesus Martins Plans to Help Angola
Thursday 4 - 22:52
by Fred Gatling
TSA can steal my frying pan but they can’t find your goddamn bomb.
Tuesday 2 - 09:32
by Timbre Wolf
Solidarity w/ Goldsmiths Students’ Union Officer Facing Persecution
Sunday 31 - 19:00
by I.W.W. - Departments and Unions
Why Are Exchange-Traded Funds Preparing For A ‘Liquidity Crisis’ ....
Friday 15 - 16:25
by Michael Snyder
Multiple and inter-dependent struggles for a Europe of communards
Thursday 7 - 14:58
by Common Political Space (Italian social centers)
The Power and Symbolism of Voting
Thursday 7 - 13:30
by William John Cox
Not everyone likes Expo
Monday 4 - 11:13
by InfoAut
A Terrible Beauty
Thursday 30 - 23:34
by Daniel Patrick Welch
1 comment
Portuguese bank shares spike in wake of Dos Santos’s proposed merger
Wednesday 29 - 23:10
by John Serra
From Blockupy to No Expo
Wednesday 29 - 21:44
by The Commune of Europe

home | webmaster

Follow-up of the site's activity
RSS Bellaciao En

rss FR / rss IT / rss ES

Bellaciao hosted by DRI

Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry. Susan B. Anthony
Facebook Twitter Google+
Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
by : Collective BELLACIAO
1 comment
President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
1 comment
PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
1 comment
Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
Monday 13 February
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
Don’t say I didn’t warn you. In my article The Greatest Threat to America, I stated that the five so-called “conservative” members of the United States Supreme Court—Scalia, Thomas, Alito, Roberts and Kennedy—“have destroyed American democracy and its fundamental freedoms more ruthlessly and effectively than any terrorist group in the world” (Pravda.Ru 01/27/2010). They accomplished this in the 2010 case of Citizens United v. Federal (...)