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The “Spectacle” of “Justice” and Injustice in China, Russia, Ukraine … and the United States

I have observed and participated in trials throughout the world. I have seen justice and injustice in China, Russia, Ukraine, England, France, Italy, Israel, as well as in nearly 40 of our 50 states.  But in my 60 years as a lawyer and law professor, I have never seen a spectacle such as the one I observed sitting in the front row of the courthouse yesterday.  The judge in Donald Trump’s trial was an absolute tyrant, … He seemed automatically to be ruling against the defendant at every turn.  … [W]hen the defense’s only substantive witness, the experienced attorney Robert Costello, raised his eyebrows at one of … Justice Juan Merchan’s rulings, [the judge], losing his cool and showing his thin skin … cleared the courtroom of everyone including the media [and] threatened to strike all of Costello’s testimony if he raised his eyebrows again. … [Merchan’s] threat was absolutely outrageous, unethical, unlawful and petty.

Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, May 21, 2024

According to the storyline put together by the Democrat “News”-media Colluders (hereafter the DNC), this Donald Trump guy must be a very bad person.  After all, he is facing 88 felony charges in 4 different heavily Democrat Party jurisdictions.  Wikipedia even has an article on all the charges brought by Wikipedia’s Party against the evil “Orange One”.  This is in addition to Trump’s being found liable for sexual assault in the heavily Democrat Southern District of New York and required to pay $83 million dollars plus another $5 million for having allegedly defamed her … all this despite the fact that Carroll had freely told Vox several years earlier in 2019 that Trump had not committed any crime against her.  But who wouldn’t want a quick $83 million, not to be used on women’s rights as promised, but to buy Rachel Maddow a new penthouse and take her shopping for a new wardrobe?

One of the implicit, so to speak, “arguments” repeatedly used by the DNC is that even though Trump has not been found guilty of anything yet anyone facing 88 felony charges must be guilty of something.  After all, any child, including everyone at the DNC, knows that where there’s smoke there must be fire.  If one throws 88 darts at the target surely one will hit the bullseye and the DNC can beat Trump with that stick right up to the election.

There is, however, another interpretation, in fact a quite obvious one, that has not, apparently, occurred to any of the geniuses in the DNC and its media poodles, namely that Trump has been systematically targeted, beginning with the absurd Trump-Russia collusion hoax through a never-ending series of new hoaxes down to these present indictments. 

The fact that these indictments are absurd does not, however, mean that Trump will not be found guilty of a non-crime in the tradition of Castro’s “show trials”.  GWU Law Professor Jonathan Turley (May 21, 2024) states one of Trump’s problems:

The biggest problem facing [Trump’s] defense [in the New York “Hush Money” trial] is not the evidence, but … Judge Juan Merchan … Merchan’s rulings have largely favored the prosecution, including some that left some of us mystified.  Merchan allow[s] the jury to hear references to campaign-finance violations that do not exist.  After gutting any use of a legal expert to testify on the absence of any such violations, the judge allowed the jury to hear Michael Cohen state that the payments to Stormy Daniels were clearly campaign violations. … On Monday Merchan’s orders became even more inexplicable when Cohen’s former attorney Robert Costello took the stand.  Merchan immediately sustain[rf] a flurry of prosecutors’ objections as Costello basically accused Cohen of multiple acts of perjury. At one point, Costello, one of the most experienced lawyers in New York and a former prosecutor, exclaimed that one of the judge’s rulings was “ridiculous.”  The judge chastised Costello and even challenged him: “Are you staring me down?”  In fact, it was hard not to stare. What is happening in the courtroom of Judge Juan Merchan is anything but ordinary.

The problem is not this thing called the “evidence” because there is none.  The problem is the Democrat judge whose daughter is raising millions off the trial.  Unfortunately, as Turley puts it, “Judge Merchan seems in open denial of the legal farce playing out in his courtroom. He is only the latest person pulled into the vortex of swirling corruption around Michael Cohen.”

Indeed, a month ago, Turley predicted how bizarre this “Frankenstein case” that had been cobbled together was likely to be:

They took a dead misdemeanour.  They attached it to a dead alleged federal felony and zapped it into life.  Many of us are amazed to watch this [monster] actually walk into court because it’s not a recognizable crime that any of us have seen.   …  Bragg is still ambiguous what that crime might be, but it is assumed to be a federal election crime.  The problem is the Federal Government does not view it as a crime.  They elected not to prosecute.  This bizarre indictment is going to be an equally bizarre trial.  …  This is the worst jury pool that Trump could have unless you simply took everyone at the DNC headquarters. 

An essential element of this show,” in addition to a hostile jury pool that hates Trump, is that what remains of our “news” media has worked hard to promote the impression to the peasants that all these charges that miraculously appeared just after Trump announced he would run for the presidency again are entirely just and above board.  This part of the performance was helped by the fact that, as  Dershowitz puts it:

[T]he public was even denied the opportunity to hear from journalists who saw the judge in action because he cleared the courtroom … [W]hen you watch CNN or MSNBC, you generally see an account of a trial that never took place.  [R]eality is totally distorted. … There is no check on partisan reporting of trials and exaggerations and personal opinions are rampant.  The American public is the loser.

But who cares about the American public anymore?  Certainly not the moneyed power-drunk elites that orchestrate this circus for the plebians.  It’s just too bad Charles Manson was not available to testify against Trump to bolster their case a bit more.

            It is of no concern to the DNC that these farcical trials will be overturned on appeal.  That will happen after the election of their new puppet and that’s all that matters.  And it is of no concern to the DNC that a Trump conviction may divide the country forever.   They are not thinking that far ahead.   They can always put down the unruly “basket of deplorables.”  The only thing that concerns the DNC now is installing their next puppet in the White House in order to continue the destruction of the United States in the service of their Sociology Department vision of Utopia.  

Some Democrats, like AOC (not the brightest bulb in the box), even admit that these trials are about tying Trump down away from the campaign before the election.  Thanks for confirming that Trump is entirely correct that these trials are “election interference” … another expression for cheating.  

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Richard McDonough

Richard Michael McDonough, American philosophy educator. Achievements include production of original interpretation of Wittgenstein’s logical-metaphysical system, original application Kantian Copernican Revolution to philosophy of language; significant interdisciplinary work logic, linguistics, psychology & philosophy. Member Australasian Debating Federation (honorary life, adjudicator since 1991), Phi Kappa Phi.

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  1. The truth in the matter of Trump’s trial before Judge Merchan is painfully clear as the author clearly shows. The rules of law are not being followed. Distortions and bias are evident throughout. It was a painful read for me. May God have mercy on Pres. Trump and on us all!

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