As the article on page 9 shows, however, this new hero of the Democratic Party and other liberals is nothing but a persistent engineer of frame-ups and an avid user of grand juries.
The grand jury is a thoroughly anti-working-class institution of capitalist justice. Anyone subpoenaed must appear before a grand juryusually without legal counseland is required to answer any and all questions whether relevant to the case or not. Deliberations are secret. Refusal to cooperate with a grand jury investigation can result in contempt of court charges. Such charges have landed in jail many opponents of U.S. government policies, like Puerto Rican independence fighters.
The role of special counsel fits Fitzgerald like a glove. Given enough time, such prosecutors, not accountable to anyone but themselves, can indict even a ham sandwich. Given the immense powers and unlimited time and resources these prosecutors haveand have used since the Watergate scandal in the 1970s in order for one faction of the ruling class to go after another when polarization deepens among the wealthyeven mouthpieces of big business like the Washington Post have begun to complain about the special counsel institution itself.
Fitzgerald has excelled in this assignment. He not only played a central role in railroading defense attorney Lynne Stewart on terrorism charges but drafted the very administrative rules the government claimed Stewart breached.
There is no reason to rejoice about Fitzgeralds conduct in the Libby case. To the contrary, working people have every reason to fear that such practices would be used against the labor movement or others advocating a change in government. Special prosecutors and grand juries should be abolished altogether.
White House official faces 30 years in jail for perjury
The pornographication of politics
Patrick Fitzgerald helped convict Lynne Stewart
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