Time: Fri Dec 12 17:44:15 1997
	by primenet.com (8.8.8/8.8.5) with ESMTP id RAA28583
	for <pmitch@smtp-local.primenet.com>; Fri, 12 Dec 1997 17:14:47 -0700 (MST)
	by smtp03.primenet.com (8.8.8/8.8.8) id RAA17889;
	Fri, 12 Dec 1997 17:20:35 -0700 (MST)
 via SMTP by smtp03.primenet.com, id smtpd017855; Fri Dec 12 17:20:30 1997
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 17:07:50 -0800
To: (Recipient list suppressed)
From: Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in tool bar]


/s/ Paul Mitchell,
Candidate for Congress

>December 3, 1997
>AIM Column
>Years ago, we at Accuracy in Media learned that one must read newspapers
>with care - that journalistic bias or ineptitude is often revealed through
>what is not published, rather than the information that gets into print. A
>good example came in early December, with the criminal conviction of the
>chief of staff to Mike Espy, the former secretary of agriculture, on charges
>of lying to conceal $22,000 in gifts he took from businesses regulated by
>Espy. What network television and most newspapers did not include in their
>reports was the fact that the conviction of the aide, Ronald Blackley, came
>despite dogged opposition from Attorney General Janet Reno, who can't seem
>to decide whether her job is as the nation's chief prosecutor or as a
>protector of the Clinton Administration.
>Here's the story. In 1994, a panel of three federal judges appointed lawyer
>Donald Smaltz as independent counsel to investigate charges that Secretary
>Espy took illegal gifts from businesses his department regulated. The first
>flush of evidence was so abundant that Espy had to resign. Smaltz's
>investigation eventually turned up evidence that persons other than Espy
>were involved in the funny-money shenanigans, and he made a routine request
>to the Justice Department that his mandate be expanded to include the new
>targets. To his surprise, Reno's Justice Department refused his request,
>whereupon Smaltz appealed to the panel which appointed him. Reno's
>underlings did not desist. The Justice Department filed a motion with the
>panel opposing Smaltz's request. It came from Justice's Office of Public
>Integrity - and never has there been an office in Washington so
>inappropriately titled; it should be renamed the Office of Public Coverups.
>The judges, to their lasting credit, slapped aside Reno's opposition and
>told Smaltz to go after whatever malefactors he turned up.
>After a jury convicted Blackley, Smaltz spoke bitingly of how Janet Reno
>tried to impede his prosecution. The Justice Department should have
>conducted the prosecution itself, he maintained. Instead, Smaltz charged,
>Reno's opposition "significantly delayed our investigation and prosecution."
>Blackley's sins were not trivial. He now faces 15 years in jail and a
>$750,000 fine; Espy is under indictment and goes on trial next year. Now
>here's where the media fell down. The conviction came at the very time that
>Reno and a worried White House were insisting that no special counsel is
>needed in the campaign finance scandal, that she and the Justice Department
>can do a competent investigation. Her obstructionism in the Blackley case
>demonstrates otherwise. Yet neither The Washington Post nor The New York
>Times reported the post-trial criticisms which Smaltz made of Reno. Nor did
>any television evening news shows. The only news stories we saw of Smaltz's
>comments were in The Washington Times and USA Today. That watchdog Reno had
>been sleeping in her kennel was seemingly of no interest to other reporters.
>Blackley's conviction dashes claims by Clinton diehards that the independent
>counsels are squandering public money without any results. The President
>said derisively at a news conference on March 2, 1996, that Smaltz was
>wasting his time investigating a few thousand dollars in gratuities "with 33
>lawyers and a historian." In fact, Smaltz's investigation has collected an
>impressive number of scalps. Sun-Diamond Growers, a California cooperative,
>was convicted of giving more than $9,000 in gifts to Espy and paid a $1.5
>million fine. Crop Growers, another cooperative, paid $2 million on a
>no-contest plea to illegal gifts. Smith-Barney, the brokerage firm, paid a
>$1 million fine for illegal gifts. Washington lobbyist James Lake pleaded
>guilty to illegal gifts. A jury convicted Jack L. Williams, a lobbyist for
>Tyson Foods, for perjury, but an appeals court ordered a new trial. A fraud
>indictment against Espy's brother was dismissed.
>Smaltz has gone about his work in classic prosecutorial fashion, indicting
>and trying lesser figures and compiling the evidence that could mean big
>trouble for former Secretary Espy when he finally faces a jury. Turning an
>equally-dogged independent counsel loose on the Clinton-Gore campaign
>finance scandals could change the course of American history.
>We'll say this for Janet Reno: when she goes after good publicity, she
>receives it by the carload. In the days before her decision on the
>fundraising special counsel, The New York Times, Newsweek and Time praised
>her as a hard-worker who seldom takes a day off and who walks to her office
>every morning. Charming stuff, but also irrelevant. We'll agree that Miss
>Reno has a tough job: being the Cover-up Girl for the Clinton White House
>requires both nerves and a strong stomach.
>                      [backtoaimpoint.gif (1883 bytes)]

Paul Andrew Mitchell, Sui Juris      : Counselor at Law, federal witness 01
B.A.: Political Science, UCLA;   M.S.: Public Administration, U.C.Irvine 02
tel:     (520) 320-1514: machine; fax: (520) 320-1256: 24-hour/day-night 03
email:   [address in tool bar]       : using Eudora Pro 3.0.3 on 586 CPU 04
website: http://supremelaw.com       : visit the Supreme Law Library now 05
ship to: c/o 2509 N. Campbell, #1776 : this is free speech,  at its best 06
             Tucson, Arizona state   : state zone,  not the federal zone 07
             Postal Zone 85719/tdc   : USPS delays first class  w/o this 08
_____________________________________: Law is authority in written words 09
As agents of the Most High, we came here to establish justice.  We shall 10
not leave, until our mission is accomplished and justice reigns eternal. 11
======================================================================== 12
[This text formatted on-screen in Courier 11, non-proportional spacing.] 13


Return to Table of Contents for

Supreme Law School:   E-mail