Friday, April 01, 2005

DeLay's Threats Illegal?

I hope you've all heard by now Tom DeLay's threats yesterday toward those "activist judges" like the very conservative Judge Greer who was appointed by Bush senior. If not, here's the quote:
Mrs. Schiavo's death is a moral poverty and a legal tragedy. This loss happened because our legal system did not protect the people who need protection most, and that will change. The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior, but not today.
Well, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) is calling him on this reckless abuse of his position. He sent Mr. DeLay a letter that was leaked to the media. Here's a bit from Raw Story:
"You should be aware that your comments yesterday may violate a Federal criminal statute, 18 U.S.C. §115 (a)(1)(B). That law states:
“Whoever threatens to assault…. or murder, a United States judge… with intent to retaliate against such… judge…. on account of the performance of official duties, shall be punished [by up to six years in prison]”
"Threats against specific Federal judges are not only a serious crime, but also beneath a Member of Congress. In my view, the true measure of democracy is how it dispenses justice. Your attempt to intimidate judges in America not only threatens our courts, but our fundamental democracy as well."
Not only does Mr. DeLay not understand ethics or the rule of law, he seems to also have a fundamental problem understanding Democracy.