Something rotten in Maryland

October 1, 2014

This is the opening of a recent editorial in The Washington Post. If you read the whole thing, it makes this case really smell fishy.

A judge wrongly throws out an officer’s assault verdict in Prince George’s County

IN PRINCE George’s County, it is now clear that the police, without provocation, can beat an unarmed young student senseless — with impunity. They can blatantly lie about it — with impunity. They can stonewall and cover it up for months — with impunity. They can express no remorse and offer no apology — with impunity.

The agent of this travesty of justice, and this impunity, is Judge Beverly J. Woodard of the Prince George’s County Circuit Court. Judge Woodard has presided in the case involving John J. McKenna, a young University of Maryland student who was savagely beaten by two baton-wielding Prince George’s cops in March 2010, following a men’s basketball game on the College Park campus.

The beating of Mr. McKenna was videotaped; had it not been, the police, who filed no report and then falsely claimed that he instigated the incident and attacked them, may never have been investigated or charged. Yet despite the fact that a jury convicted one of the police officers, James Harrison Jr., of assault nearly two years ago, Judge Woodard has now thrown the verdict out and closed the case.

Via Radley Balko

One comment

  1. Re Md.’s John McKenna & JudgeWoodard as it is seen through Virginia Law & Constitution

    In Virginia, Judge Woodard would have perpetrated a “Resisting the execution of the laws under the color of its authority” that being Va18.2-481(5) “statutory “Treason”. The Judges and ALL officers of the court in Virginia are customary daily perpetrators of that crime.
    Under the rule of law it matters not one bit that they choose to unlawfully raise the ‘ Uniform Commercial Code’ above the Constitutions and applicable statutes , treating every person as a chattel owned by the state subject to the mere presumption of an officer of the court whenever they find it convenient.
    Each and every one of them compound their individual legion of crimes with Va18.2-111 “Embezzlement” off the law and VA18.2-482 “Misprision of Treason” such that they become accessories before-the-fact participants in each such cluster of felonies perpetrated by ANY member of their guild.
    There is no statute of limitations or bound of Constitutional official office to shield them from the truth and their eventual prosecution and conviction. That our temporal grand juries are unlawfully and criminally made ineffective in raising these prosecutions makes no difference.

    Each of their unavoidable deaths will not even save them from prosecution.

    As each of their corporeal articles of incorporation fails along with the delegation of authority, freedom-of-action and privacy-autonomy derived from their incorporation the fullness-of-truth will naturally engulf each of them as it will each of all of us.
    Each of them will have their legion of felonies “tested as with fire” even if if they ultimately rely upon their relationship with Jesus to save their souls from self inflicted extinction.
    When all that they ever did or thought their person to be returns to ”the ALL that ever was” they each will not be equipped to experience the “fullness of truth” as the ‘Glory of God” so they will by default experience it as the “Fires of Hell”.

    This portion related to actions rather than soul cannot escape what portion of redemption God has delegated to the people of a state and that the people in turn have delegated to “the office of the Governor”.
    If a state Governor ignores the weight of that authority AND the duty incumbent to it then that Governor and the peoples’crimes that would best have been handled with pardon will be subject to the “Fires of Hell”. I offer Bob McDonnell as a prime example.

    The whole batch of waste and suffering could have been minimized so beautifully with pardon under the virtue of penitent parole oath. It is just the most practical solution – no one is getting off-the hook.
    The cost to our society of letting the Governors ignore their duty to pardon ( on the virtue of Parole Oath ) when they rightly can is more that we can rationally bear.

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