Obama wants to formalize imprisonment without trial

Remember the film “Minority Report” with Tom Cruise? Cruise worked for the Department of Pre-Crime. Pre-Crime was able to determine who was going to commit crimes in advance, so they were able to send Cruise out to arrest and lock up people before they had done anything wrong.

This is called preventive detention. It is unconstitutional; and is a mark of a totalitarian state. The US has been doing it for years. President Obama recently announced that–while George Bush had gone about it in a haphazard way–Obama would formalize the practice through a new “legal” framework.

This prolonged imprisonment of suspects in the “war on terror” goes on even though the government cannot prove that the prisoners have committed any crime.  [Note: as a point of reference, keep in mind that in the State of Missouri, no one can be held without formal criminal charges for more than 24 hours–even if the person is suspected of murder]

Come back with a warrant

Some crimes really ARE too small to prosecute

When I was a prosecutor, we had a form that we filled out whenever we decided not to file a case. There was a list of official reasons, from which we were expected to choose the main reason why the case was not being filed.

There were the usual choices you might expect, like:

  • insufficient evidence

  • witnesses not credible

  • evidence not admissible, etc.

But there was one official reason that we occasionally used, even when the charge was perfectly good. It was the one that stated that prosecution would be in the “trivial interests of justice.”

I was reminded of that particular reason when I read this news story from Des Moines:

Iowa man charged with throwing candy at police


It seems the officer was speaking to a witness, when–according to the police report–the officer was assaulted by another man who hit him on the shoulder with an M&M.

Now I know that assault of a law enforcement officer is not a laughing matter, but sometimes . . . well I just wonder if this wasn’t one of those “trivial interests of justice” situations.