Justice Department Corruption on Trial in California

holderThe U.S. Department of Justice exists to promote justice, not push an agenda, but under the rule of Eric Holder, justice has become politicized.

On Labor Day 2007, what was later dubbed the Moonlight Fire in Lassen County, California, burnt a total of 65,000 acres before it was contained some 16 days later.   The cause of the fire was never clearly established but that did not stop state and federal officials from blaming it on Sierra Pacific Industries. Without any proof to back up their claim, the federal government decided the fire was started when a Sierra Pacific bulldozer blade hit a rock and sparked.

Sierra Pacific, California’s largest private landowner, has always contended that the fire investigation was flawed and that investigators manipulated evidence, lying under oath about where and how the fire started. According to Sierra officials, the government could reach into the company’s deep pockets for a big recovery only if it could blame them  for the fire and that was what motivated investigators to move the blaze’s place of origin to the area where the bulldozer was working and deny that they had originally settled on a different location.

After fighting the government for three years, Sierra Pacific realized that it was going to cost them more to prove their innocence than it was to just surrender to government oppression, so they cut a deal to pay the government goons $47 million and deed over 22,500 acres of private property.

But sometimes, justice does prevail. A ruling this February from a Plumas County Judge found Cal Fire guilty of “egregious and reprehensible conduct” in investigating the fire and order the agency to pay more than $32 million in penalties to the defendants. The judge ruled that Cal Fire withheld documents, destroyed evidence and “engaged in a systematic campaign of misdirection with the purpose of recovering money” from Sierra Pacific.

With this ruling in their pocket, attorneys for Sierra Pacific headed back to court, asking the US District Court judge to vacate the settlement.  Attorneys also filed a  declaration from a veteran former assistant US attorney [E. Robert Wright] who said he was forced to give up his position as the government’s lead lawyer in the case because he rebuffed pressure from a superior [David Shelledy, chief of the civil division] to “engage in unethical conduct. . .” Another federal prosecutor, Eric Overby, told Sierra’s attorneys that he too had left the Moonlight Fire prosecution team over ethical concerns about the government’s actions.

Judge England, Chief Justice of the US District Court for the Eastern District of California has ordered the recusal of all the Eastern District judges from the case because of serious allegations that the Court itself was defrauded by the government in the original prosecution.

“Contrary to what liberal elites think, the average American isn’t dumb and can see when someone is abusing his office and allowing politics to drive his decision-making. They may think they can fool the American people, but that is a mistake that many arrogant politicians and government officials have made in the past, and Holder is just another in a long line of such government officials. From his misbehavior in everything from the New Black Panther voter-intimidation case to Operation Fast and Furious to the IRS targeting scandal,  Holder  has shown the public why he is the first and only attorney general in our history to be held in contempt by the House of Representatives.”  Washington Times

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