Shades of Chicago

Well, it looks like hippie-bashing is back in style for cops again. Even the man charged with prosecuting the people arrested in Miami is balking at throwing the book at the “defendants”:

A judge presiding over the cases of free trade protesters said in court that he saw ”no less than 20 felonies committed by police officers” during the November demonstrations, adding to a chorus of complaints about police conduct.

Judge Richard Margolius, 60, made the remarks in open court last week, saying he was taken aback by what he witnessed while attending the protests.

”Pretty disgraceful what I saw with my own eyes. And I have always supported the police during my entire career,” he said, according to a court transcript. “This was a real eye-opener. A disgrace for the community.”

A more detailed exposition of the similarities between Miami and the Democratic National Convention of 1968 would be responsible and informative here….. Maybe if I have some time later… see if I can get Billmon on the phone… The guy may have annoyed me with his wisecracks about southerners a few months ago, but it’s hard to beat him for in-depth commentary.

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