Saturday, October 21, 2017

Punishment Before Trial

That's what this bill amounts to.
The Control Unlawful Fugitive Felons Act would discontinue Social Security and retirement benefits to those with an outstanding arrest warrant
It only applies to those people facing federal or state felony charges subject to at least one year in prison

Labeled H.R. 2792 in the House, it was introduced in June by Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD0).

“I reject proponents’ claims that this bill only targets fugitive felons. In reality, current law terminates benefits for fugitive felons,” Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL7) said on the House floor. “This bill strikes the current restriction against fugitive felons and instead expands the benefit cutoff beyond those who are actually fleeing to encompass everybody who had some unresolved run in with the justice system based on allegation, not conviction.

The bill passed the House on September 28 by a 244–171 vote. It now goes to the Senate Finance Committee.

There' There's another problem I didn't see mentioned in the article. It could take away a possibility of someone being able to afford an attorney to represent their guilt or innocence at trial. We all know the person who usually wins is the one with the most money. A defendant having little or nor resources is a sitting duck.

Prosecutors are already at an advantage. It's not uncommon for prosecutors to seize assets before a trial if they have good reason. It skews things in their favor making a defendant less able to hire a team of lawyers to fight charges.

Everyone heard the expression about traveling down a slippery slope. In my opinion this a further step in that direction.

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