Allen West Begs for Judicial Activism, Gets None

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Not being on good terms with the concept of the rule of law, cashiered ex-Colonel (and soon to be ex-U.S. Rep.) Allen West went to court today to ask for judicial action -- though it was really extrajudicial action he wanted. That's a concept the disgraced former officer knows well.

West's lawyers petitioned Palm Beach Circuit Court Judge David Crow to intervene in West's race to retain his seat in congress, asking the court to impound ballots and voting machines because elections officials couldn't be trusted to count votes accurately. Judge Crow said there were "absolutely no facts presented" to support that claim.

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Crow asked what legal basis existed for him to intervene in an election procedure state legislators had refined in painstaking detail in the aftermath of the disaster of Bush v. Gore. West's lawyers cited... Bush v. Gore -- notwithstanding that the language of that perverse decision explicitly states that it is not to be cited as legal precedent in any later case, anytime, anywhere, ever.

After a short break in the proceedings, Crow returned to the bench, said he'd studied the case and the law, and decided that, "aside from all its procedural deficiencies," West's suit was "entirely premature" and "woefully short of even coming close" to satisfying the requirements for an injunction. He denied the request.

West never had a chance, really, and he (and his lawyers) knew it. This wasn't law as much as it was public relations, a cheap stunt designed to lay the groundwork for the claim West is certain to make in future days: that he would have won the election but was "stabbed in the back" by the courts and the system. Has a nice ring to it, and what the hell -- it's worked before.

Fire Ant -- an invasive species, tinged bright red, with an annoying, sometimes fatal bite -- covers Palm Beach County. Got feedback or a tip? Contact fire.ant@browardpalmbeach.com.



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ChazStevensGenius
ChazStevensGenius

Dont forget... Didn't make the first cut for the Riviera Beach City Manager's position...

Really?

How fucked up is that...

SophosArchaeus
SophosArchaeus

A slight adjustment to your description, "cashiered ex-colonel" and "disgraced former officer" :This should read: 'The Colonel who RETIRED after being threatened with a Court-Martial, for the audacity to save of the lives of his entire unit, which had been ordered into an ambush without any intelligence and insufficient support (by pressuring [without injury] the known terrorist already in custody that was being coddled by intelligence personnel)' and 'the man beloved by everyone in the military (except the useless intel fool and tools like him) for putting his troops' safety above his own career as a dedicated, studied, professional defender of the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic'.~SophosArchaeus

smdrpepper
smdrpepper topcommenter

The criminal West is trying to stretch out his fifteen minutes. 

The fact remains he offended and disgusted most rational people and did absolutely nothing during his term other than show up on FAUX "news".  If this was any other job, he would have been fired a long time ago, which is why he fled for greener pastures, or so he thought.

He has lost and he needs to have it drilled into that thick skull.  Now he can no longer torture us like we were an innocent Iraqi citizen.

Well he will end up on FAUX, but at least we can turn him off.

The only thing we will actually miss is the comedy generated by this scumbag.

mtyler2
mtyler2

High time the vile Allen West was kicked out of the House of Representatives -- and into the war crimes court. where he belongs.

FatHand
FatHand

If Allen West had won the election and Patrcik Murphy had asked the court to impound the voting machines and ballots, can you even imagine how West would have reacted and the names West would have called Murphy? Which is why Allen West is such a ridiculous person.

IrvingFeiner
IrvingFeiner

 @SophosArchaeus A war crime is a war crime.  Maybe West the recruitment poster child for suicide bombers will go away finally.  Go occupy is time with non negotiable but sex till he becomes ex husband.

fire.ant
fire.ant topcommenter

Deal with it:

 

"'Frustration and anger overcame his professional ethics and personal values, and he performed what he knew to be illegal and immoral acts,' said the statement issued by the Army's Fourth Infantry Division.

During a closed-door tribunal Friday in the town of Tikrit, West was found guilty of three counts of aggravated assault and a single count of communicating a threat. The ruling was issued after West pleaded guilty to misconduct."

 

-http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2003/12/14/us_officer_to_resign_for_assulting_iraqi/

ChazStevensGenius
ChazStevensGenius

 @SophosArchaeus So... Let us talk about what happened to that individual who was sent to jail.

45 days... or so, I believe.

Released without charges.

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