Is American Justice for Sale?

Prominent Democrats are calling on New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez to resign following his indictment on bribery charges.

One prominent Democrat said that “corruption is corruption” and that Menendez must be held accountable for his actions.

Menendez is accused of exchanging political favors for kickbacks, including cash, gold, and mortgage assistance. Menendez has denied the allegations but has faced calls for his resignation from several Democrats, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jeff Jackson, Dean Phillips, Josh Gottheimer, Tom Malinowski, Frank Pallone, Mikie Sherill, Bill Pascrell, and Andy Kim.

Why are Justices Thomas and Alioto not being criminally prosecuted as members of the House and Senate are?

Why are prominent Democrats calling for Menendez to resign when they are not to be heard calling for Justices Thomas and Alioto to resign?

Are these Justices’ excesses and financial gains any less serious in their capacity to do harm at the bidding of people financially invested in them?

Is ignoring them shouting a message that American “justice” is for sale?

Menendez joins 7 members of Congress indicted in recent years BY SARAH FORTINSKY – 10/01/23 6:29 PM ET SHARE TWEET Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) Greg Nash Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) exits the Capitol after a series of votes on Thursday, September 28, 2023. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) has resisted calls from fellow Democrats to resign since his indictment on bribery and corruption charges on Sept. 22. He has maintained his innocence and refused to step down.

His political future is uncertain, as he joins a list of recent members of Congress who have faced federal indictments.

Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) Santos was indicted on 13 federal counts in May for allegedly deceiving donors and misreporting his finances. He pleaded not guilty and agreed to pause the trial for plea negotiations. A status conference was delayed to Oct. 27.Santos defied calls for his resignation from both parties and launched a reelection campaign. He survived a vote on his expulsion, but the House sent the measure to the Ethics Committee, which was already probing him.

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) Fortenberry was indicted on three charges in October 2021, and convicted in March 2022 on one charge of hiding information and lying to federal authorities about illegal contributions from a foreign national to his 2016 campaign, according to the DOJ.

He resigned at the request of then-House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). He got two years of probation instead of prison time.

Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) Collins was arrested for insider trading in August 2018 and charged with conspiracy, securities fraud, wire fraud and lying to the FBI, according to the DOJ.

He resigned from Congress in September 2019, a day before he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud and lying to federal agents.

He was sentenced to more than two years in prison in 2020. He was pardoned by then-President Trump soon after starting his sentence.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) Hunter was indicted in August 2018 with his wife for converting more than $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses and filing false records, according to the DOJ.

He pleaded guilty to one charge in December 2019, and resigned from Congress in January 2020. He was sentenced to 11 months in March 2020, and pardoned by Trump that year.

Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) Brown was indicted on fraud charges in July 2016 for a case involving an education charity. She lost her primary the next month. She was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison in 2017.

Sen. Bob Menendez Menendez has been through a similar ordeal before and survived — he was reelected to the Senate in 2018 by a wide margin. He was indicted in 2015 on corruption charges, but the case ended in a mistrial in November 2017, after a hung jury.

Why is Judge Aileen Cannon not being removed from the Florida documents case.

For over five decades, major fossil fuel companies harbored internal warnings regarding the potential catastrophic consequences of their products on both human lives and the stability of the climate. Now, experts have discovered that millions of people have perished due to climate change-related factors. The question arises: should these companies, along with their executives and directors, be held accountable for homicide? According to two American legal experts, the answer is a resounding “yes”.

David Arkush, the director of Public Citizen’s Climate Program and a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, is one of these experts. A Harvard-trained lawyer, Arkush is renowned for his advocacy in championing consumer rights. He has also imparted his knowledge as a former instructor at the University of Richmond School of Law and has been featured regularly in prominent news outlets. Last year, Arkush collaborated with Aaron Regunberg from Public Citizen to publish an article on climate homicide in the Harvard Environmental Law Review. Presently, he collaborates with Donald Braman from George Washington University, delivering presentations on climate homicide events at esteemed law schools such as Harvard, University of Chicago, New York University, and Yale.

The discussion often references the precedent set by the tobacco industry, which is estimated to have caused the deaths of over 100 million individuals in the 20th century alone. Similarly, Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family faced accusations regarding their role in the opioid crisis, which claimed the lives of more than 200,000 Americans. Despite these staggering death tolls, no homicide charges have been brought against the responsible parties. However, Arkush emphasizes that the legal proceedings against the Sacklers are ongoing, leaving the possibility of criminal charges open.

Concerns extend beyond homicide to encompass broader environmental damage. Several countries have enacted legislation criminalizing ecocide, including France, Georgia, and Ukraine. In collaboration with Donald Braman, Arkush published an article titled “Climate Homicide: Prosecuting Big Oil For Climate Deaths”, which was also covered in the New Republic magazine. A condensed version of this article appeared in the Harvard Environmental Law Review in January 2023.

Moreover, previous instances demonstrate that energy companies have faced homicide charges for environmental crimes. For example, California prosecutors charged PG&E with manslaughter following a deadly wildfire sparked by a falling tree onto an aging transmission line in Paradise, California. Similarly, federal prosecutors charged BP with manslaughter after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, which claimed the lives of 11 workers and resulted in the largest oil spill in marine oil-drilling history. Both companies pleaded guilty and incurred significant financial penalties.

In recent Senate hearings titled “Denial, Disinformation, and Doublespeak: Big Oil’s Evolving Efforts to Avoid Accountability for Climate Change”, evidence surfaced regarding fossil fuel corporations’ long-standing knowledge of climate change implications dating back to the 1950s. Despite the clarity of the climate impact by the 1970s, companies such as Exxon/Mobil, Shell, BP, Total, Chevron, and national oil companies have perpetuated deception and lies through financing misinformation campaigns.

Furthermore, the case of Alberta, Canada, serves as a prime example of how big oil entities formed a common lobby, front group, and public relations campaign to promote the notion that Canadian heavy oil is environmentally superior to foreign products, despite evidence to the contrary. Melissa Aronczyk, a professor of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University, has conducted research elucidating how public relations shapes our perception of environmental crises and influences our responses to them. Her work sheds light on the intricacies of greenwashing tactics employed by oil sands multinationals, which aim to mislead the public regarding the environmental impact of their operations.

Judge Aileen Cannon’s husband, Josh Lorence worked for a mobster ex-New York John Rosatii. Rosatti is a lifelong friend and contributor to the Orange Turd. Yet another reason Cannon should be removed from the  Florida-based case for  hiding classified documents

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