If that wasn't bad enough -- given that Judge McBride earned his salary by sending others to prison (mostly people of color, the mentally ill, and people of lesser economic means (including children) -- Judge McBride was also later busted for deliberately taking away the due process rights of criminal defendants appearing in his court room. In essence, Judge McBride was fixing cases to promote convictions by taking away important trial rights. It is critical to understand that McBride was elected by his judicial colleagues to be presiding judge after both of these events.
Here is the description of (and link to) the public discipline of Judge McBride by the ethics commission (incidentally what McBride did was also a Federal crime which the U.S. Justice Department did not do anything about - it hardly ever does).
"Judge McBride engaged in the disregard of the due process rights of the parties involved in the cases constituted an abuse of his judicial authority and warrants discipline." California Judicial Ethics Decision. //cjp.ca.gov/res/docs/Public_Admon/McBride_DO_11-18-08.pdf
Keep in mind that even the Ethics Decision is watered-down to show favoritism to McBride (more than 3,000 cases of judicial misconduct get reported in California alone each year, and more than 90% are never heard.)
Ross Mirkarimi's situation is that he is Jewish (which actually probably helps him because there are many Jewish judges). It's no secret that America's prisons are unfairly filled with 'colored-folks' (less affluent minorities: i.e., Blacks, Latinos, etc.), which is a heritage of the system of racial bigotry, segregation, and slavery which has stained most of America's history as a country. And don't get me started about the Native Americans (American Indians) which were killed by the millions so white Europeans could take their tribal land. And for those of you who don't know, Texas, California and other 'American' territories used to be a part of Mexico. The reason I point these facts out, is that America is one of the last countries in the world that should be pontificating about human rights -- its very existence is testament to genocides, massacres and human rights abuses in the tens of millions.
In returning to Mirkarimi's problem, Mirkarimi got singled-out for harsher treatment because he is 'Eye-rey-nian.' ironically the slanderous stereotypes that are being promoted against Iranians in the U.S. are largely coming from Israel (Mirakarimi is Jewish): A thousand examples could be given, but those old enough will remember the Israeli-produced film starring Sally Field titled "Not without my Daughter," which was an insidious character assassination against the Iranian people that depicted Iranians as willing to kidnap American women and mistreat children. Sally Field played the mistreated American bride and Sheila Rosenthal and Roshan Seth co-starred as 'Mahtob Mahmoody' and "Houssein the smuggler," respectively. The film was made in Israel. Lovely.
But the story gets better: The District Attorney that charged Mirkarimi is George Gascón (who was the former San Francisco Police Chief). Gascón has employed the same 'Muslims are evil' hate rhetoric as a part of his official duties:
"George Gascón ... publicly apologized Friday for comments he made a week earlier referring to the susceptibility of the Hall of Justice to a terrorist attack by local Middle Eastern residents (i.e., ordinary Muslims that attended services)." S.F. Gate. //www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/04/02/MNUI1CP0F7.DTL#ixzz1pjFf4unN The San Francisco District Attorneys Office and Police force have also been implicated in thousads (yes, thousands) of acts of professional misconduct. Forty examples with one news story: "San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris' office violated defendants' rights by hiding damaging information." S.F. Gate. //www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/05/20/BAN01DHVMU.DTL#ixzz1pjR1tonS What's the moral of my article? 1. America does not have the cleanest human rights record in the world; it has corrupt politicians and government officials numbering in the thousands, all which is known by the American Justice Department, which does not do anything about it. (Side note: Iranians beware and keep your children safe.) 2. Sites like this one, that unfortunately permit non-stop negative portrayals of Iranians will harm Iranians living abroad in ways that will surface in the future. Iranians are generally peace-loving and hospitable people, but also peoples' attitudes towards Iranians are important. 3. America is far from having its gender politics worked-out and it's clear that many families are made to suffer. Anyone that tries to convince you that America has not been engaging is social experiments with families that have had harmful and unforeseeable consequences, is simply lying. Those of you living abroad will come to learn this over time. 4. Mirkarimi's best option now is to join the Jihad against the West (just kidding about this point). 5. The final moral of the story is that there are Iranians, like myself, who will take anyone to task who unfairly tries to harm Iranians, and this story should put bigots on notice.
I certainly do not have anything against Mirkarimi being Jewish, and I wish him and his family the best. However, I believe his career as a law enforcement officer is toast. Good luck Ross; Happy Norooz and I wish you and your family peace. But just remember what John Lennon said: "Instant Karma is gonna get you."
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