Jan. 14, 2021

TRIAL BY POLITICIANS SUITS POLITICAL PURPOSES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BILL OF ATTAINDER

 In 15TH Century England, when a trial by normal law was unlikely to yield the results desired by the king, a Bill of Attainder was used. By parliamentary vote, normal rules of evidence were junked. The victim’s head and family wealth were taken.

The use of these bills by Parliament eventually fell into disfavor due to the obvious potential for abuse and the violation of several legal principles, most importantly the right to due process, the precept that a law should address a particular form of behaviour rather than a specific individual or group, and the separation of powers.

IMPEACHMENT HAS MANY SIMILAR CHARACTERISTICS.

True, finding an unbiased jury to try Trump on anything through the normal courts would be a feat.

In this case, neither the GOP nor the Democrats want him to be around at the next election to run again, nor grabbing all the headlines till then.

Impeachment will also assuage the baying mob. They understandably want a lynching.

 It will divert attention from what is really going on. That is the continuing in power of the corrupt elites and the military industrial complex.

The illustration is of the execution of Wentworth Earl of Strafford, by attainder. In his day he was as unpopular as Trump is with Democrats. The Parliamentary faction dubbed him Black Tom the Tyrant. His murderous suppression of Irish Catholics meant he was as unpopular there. 

Attainting him was an indirect attack on Charles I. Wentworth was his strong right arm. Being weak, Charles signed the Act of Attainder.

He regretted it to his grave. It set precedent for his own extra legal trial and execution.

Ironically, Parliament was a supporter of the persecution of Irish Catholics.