Friday, May 15, 2009

Stupid Quote of the Day: Ed Meese on criminal rights

The former Reagan-era Attorney General has got to have one of the dumbest and most screwed-up perception on what makes one guilty of a crime or not, and this, even amongst Republicans:

U.S News: You criticize the Miranda ruling, which gives suspects the right to have a lawyer present before police questioning. Shouldn't people, who may be innocent, have such protection?

Meese: Suspects who are innocent of a crime should. But the thing is, you don't have many suspects who are innocent of a crime. That's contradictory. If a person is innocent of a crime, then he is not a suspect.

... Seriously? So as soon as you fall under the slightest suspicion, which can actually quite often be very wrong, you're a guilty criminal and no longer have any rights (no attorney, no phone call, whatever)?

Takes a wingnut Republican, I guess.

Better yet ... This scuzzball is now about to be awarded his own award, titled the "Edwin Meese III Originalism and Religious Liberty Award", by the Alliance Defense Fund.

Ed Meese worked harder and more successfully behind the scenes than any other person to make sure that the Reagan legacy of freedom has continued," Alan Sears, president of Alliance Defense Fund, told WND.

Don't worry, my BullShit Detector also went wild at the mention of WingNutDaily. A mention which also explains how this award could even come to be in the first place, or how an unscrupulous dingleberry like Ed Meese could be called leaving a "legacy of freedom". He's left as much a legacy of freedom as Bush has left a legacy of good leadership.

(via Dispatches from the Culture Wars)


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