Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Of Prostitutes, Prosecutors, and Other Miscreants (William N. Grigg)

William N. Grigg says 19th century writer Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann accurately predicted the rise of the typical, corrupt, modern prosecutor, which includes the infamous governor of New York. Grigg writes on Governor Spitzer:
Spitzer built a successful career out of targeting certain people as "criminals," and then inventing the "crimes" after the fact. There is a certain symmetry to be found in the fact that his political career has been grievously (one hopes mortally) wounded because he eagerly and arrogantly committed a non-crime -- solicitation of sex for money -- that provided him with prime opportunities for prosecutorial preening.

But the sobering aspect of this story -- apart from the vivid reminder it offers of the damage that morally undisciplined men can do to their wives and families -- is found in this fact: The inquiry into Spitzer's conduct began when his bank reported that he was moving large amounts of cash out of his account.

His powerful conclusion:

It's tempting -- almost overpoweringly so -- to set aside one's principles in the eager wish to see the author of that threat experience just a taste of what he's force-fed so many others. But there would be nothing to gain by doing so: Because of the perversions of law he has abetted, and his connections in the Power Elite he has so faithfully cultivated, Eliot Spitzer probably doesn't need our sympathy. In the system Spitzer has served, punishment is reserved for those who are innocent and powerless, and mercy is reserved for the powerful and guilty.

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