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Bringing Dishonor to an Honorable Calling

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Being a prosecutor is in some ways easy and in some ways hard.  It's easy because just about all your defendants are guilty as sin, and there's plenty of evidence to prove it.  It's also easy because, when you go home at night, you do NOT have to explain to your 12-year-old why you did your darndest to fox the jury into acquitting a child molester so he could go home and do it again to someone else's 12-year-old.

It's hard because, as a result of your efforts, you'll get branded in academia, the ACLU, the NACDL and NAMBLA  —to name several dissimilar organizations united in their contempt for prosecutors— as a sleazy, heartless thug without a wisp of compassion.  It's also hard because there is the occasional very, very bad apple in the barrel.

One obvious case we've discussed is Mike Nifong, a politically-motivated, anti-white thug (not to put too fine a point on it).  Another is Bill Killian, an Obama-appointed U.S. Attorney who all but threatened to jail anyone who had something unpleasant to say about Muslims (although trashing Christians and Jews seemed to be OK).

Today, Scott Johnson at Powerline tells the story of yet another Obama-appointed U.S. Attorney, James Letten, who either oversaw, or turned a blind eye toward, long-running, scandalous misconduct by his First Assistant and another high ranking AUSA during a very high-profile trial.  Fortunately, their shenanigans were discovered by some alert defense lawyers, brought to the court's attention, and now there will be, as there should be, hell to pay.

Letten, I should note, resigned shortly after the story broke and has become a dean at Tulane Law School.  He has also apparently become unhinged, as you'll see if you play the tape in Scott's story.

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Among other issues, Dean Letten calls James O'Keefe a "hobbit," as if that were an insult.

Geez, Dean, if you haven't read the books, have you at least seen the movies? Frodo and Samwise are the heroes. They save Middle Earth, humanity, and everything.

The only way "hobbit" could be an insult is if one believes that merely being short of stature makes one inferior. Does that make this usage a hate crime?

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