American Prosecutors Deserve Count Of Monte Cristo
There`s a great
movie playing, a rendition of Alexander Dumas`
The Count of Monte Cristo. Go to see it. It speaks
to the injustice of our own time–only our legions of
wrongfully convicted lack the power of the Count of
Monte Cristo to take revenge on the snitches and corrupt
prosecutors who frame them.
novel is a tremendous story brimming with excitement
and plot. I don`t know if it is read today. In my youth
everyone read it for the spellbinding thrill of the
story and simultaneously absorbed the didactic message
to hate injustice.
and policeman should be required to read the book
several times and to keep a copy visible on their desks.
Indeed, what we need is a real world Count of Monte
Cristo to make an example of the corrupt prosecutors who
routinely ruin the lives of innocent people.
prosecutors who deserve the worst that could possibly
befall them, but, alas, no Counts of Monte Cristo.
Michael Milken had enough money to be one, but he
let Rudy Giuliani get away with framing him.
only got away with it, he parlayed the name recognition
that he gained to become New York Mayor. From this perch
he parlayed the
Muslim terror attack on the World Trade Center into
becoming Time Magazine`s “Man of the Year” and
recipient of the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award from the
Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation in Beverly Hills
on February 8. This was followed with an honorary
knighthood from Queen Elizabeth and a fountain of
In Dumas` novel,
the crooked prosecutor is utterly ruined, but ours just
keep on climbing higher in public esteem.
rife when people have no conscience. In our time, only
politically correct official “victim groups” are
deserving of concern, and the compassion they receive is
orchestrated for the purpose of advancing political
The old adage
that it is better for 10 guilty men to go free than for
one innocent person to be punished has been turned on
its head. Today`s rule is: better for 10 innocents to be
sent up the river than for one guilty to escape.
reveals the state of injustice in America today than
Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift`s refusal last week to
release an innocent man on the grounds that it might
hurt her political future. That tells you all you need
to know about her conscience and, if she is right, about
the conscience of the
people of Massachusetts.
advantage of the liberals` demonization of the Reagan
presidency as the “era of greed” and ordinary people`s
envy of Wall Street incomes to make a name for himself
on the backs of innocents.
into motion with an assault, staged for media, on the
Princeton/Newport with fifty federal marshals
outfitted with automatic weapons and bulletproof vests.
His purpose was to create the impression among the
public that hardened criminals operated in the financial
Next he staged
the handcuffing of two New York investment bankers on
their trading floor. Although his victims were later
exonerated in federal courts, Giuliani had set the stage
for his run at Michael Milken.
To this day no
evidence exists that Milken committed any crimes or
engaged in any conduct that had ever before been
considered criminal. Milken was a victim of Giuliani
criminalizing minor regulatory infractions and coercing
him into a plea bargain.
assistant U.S. attorney John Carroll admitted as much.
At Seton Hall Law School in April 1992, Carroll
said that in the Milken case “we`re guilty of
criminalizing technical offenses. Many of the
prosecution theories we used were novel. Many of the
statutes that we charged under hadn`t been charged as
In other words,
prosecutors made up the laws that they accused
Milken of breaking and applied them retroactively.
Carroll was very
proud of how clever the prosecutors were in
orchestrating Milken`s frame-up. He went on to say that
they were looking for other areas where they could
ensnare people by reinterpreting routine behavior as
crimes. Apparently, the law students were impressed, not
outraged, with the skill at which prosecutors abuse
their power in order to convict a target.
bragged that by painting his targets black, “the media
does the job for me.”
brought by prosecutors are so shoddy that few can stand
the light of a trial. Instead, prosecutors pile on the
charges until the bewildered defendant accepts his
lawyer`s advice and cops a plea. Only one case in twenty
ever goes to trial.
keep the conviction mill running and the prosecutors`
budgets growing. Justice plays no role.
Paul Craig Roberts is the author of
The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name