Guilty verdict of a former president proves his point about no justice

The woke are now running the country, and if you challenge that, you do so at your own peril.

The court system in the bluest pockets will no longer respect political differences as acceptable.

This decision was not a surprise despite the overwhelming evidence.

The bias of Judge Merchan would have made any neutral juror lean toward the prosecution.

For centuries, the voters and the legislators controlled the direction of justice, and court rooms were considered the place to iron out the disputes of law much like an umpire in a baseball game would call balls and strikes while the issues were being argued.

That didn’t happen here. 

The judge not only put his finger on the scales of justice, he sat on one side.

From the way he handled objections to the way he prevented the defense from being able to bring witnesses that would help make the case of the accused, and how Merchan allowed the jury to be split on certain issues and still reach a guilty verdict, this judge and prosecutor has not taken politics out of the public square and brought it in to the court room.

I’ve always respected the courtroom, but let’s take a look at events that are causing average Americans to take pause.

Right here in Kansas, a judge allowed an overzealous chief of police in Marion to acquire a search warrant to raid a newspaper office. That was later overturned, but the damage was done, and the geriatric mother of the publisher died from the stress of having her home ransacked.

What punishment was handed out to that judge? None. A panel of other Kansas judges decided that they would simply instruct the judge on the issue.

That is not acceptable to the people who were victimized by the illegal search.

More importantly, if there can be an illegal search against one, there can be against anyone.

That’s why accountability is critical to protect the integrity of the court when errors are made.

Donald Trump’s conviction were most certainly be thrown out on appeal. Even Harvey Weinstein’s conviction was tossed out because of the conduct in a New York court.

But how does Trump get his reputation back?

Who believes Trump will get a fair trial in downtown Atlanta? You can forget it.

Court rooms will now be used as political weapons. The problem with that approach is Republicans are respectful of the rule of law. They give reverence to the court and those who sit on benches. It would seem sacrilege to use a conservative court against anyone for political purposes. It seems dirty and nasty to do it.

But what choice do they have? If the left will use the courts to damage political opponents, conservatives may have no choice but to retaliate, and that’s why this case has irreversibly damaged the concept of America.

When the courts have been weaponized by one side, the other side is almost compelled to have to respond in kind.

This is terrible for America even when this is thrown out on appeal.

It proves a biased judge with a biased prosecutor in a biased district can achieve a biased ruling, even if just initially until those truly committed to justice get a chance to correct the error.

The America after May 30, 2024, is not the same as it was before. We are now a larger version of a Banana Republic where the media and one political party can collude with each other to create an environment where a person running for office can be so vilified that a fair trial in a politically hostile district is impossible.

Will America survive? We will see. We’ve been through some pretty tough times historically. But those men and women were dedicated to propositions of all men being created equal, that we are all guaranteed a fair day in court in a trial with a jury of our peers.

That’s now a joke, and polls have shown that it won’t affect the vote.

We will watch the polls, but either way, good courts around the nation will be tainted by what happened in New York, and the ramifications may be permanent.

Editor | watt@kaninfo.com

Earl Watt is the owner and publisher of the Leader & Times in Liberal, Kansas. Watt started his career in journalism in 1991 at the Southwest Daily Times. During his career, the newspaper has won a total of 17 Sweepstakes awards from the Kansas Press Association for editorial content and 18 Sweepstakes awards for advertising. Watt has been recognized with more than 70 first place awards for writing in categories from sports and column to best front pages, best sports pages and best opinion pages. Watt is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and is the descendant of several patriots who fought for America's freedom and independence.