Comments on: Dinesh D’Souza indicted over alleged straw campaign donations http://overlawyered.com/2014/01/dsouza-indicted-alleged-straw-campaign-donations/ Chronicling the high cost of our legal system Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:15:58 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: gitarcarver http://overlawyered.com/2014/01/dsouza-indicted-alleged-straw-campaign-donations/comment-page-1/#comment-265271 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 20:01:09 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=43630#comment-265271 Mr. Olson,

No, it was a bad overreach on my part. Perhaps it is more of a case of a feeling that we have been down this road before with the IRS scandals (both in the past and continuing) , the often curious decisions that seem to be ideological based from the DOJ, the fact that we are still waiting for a final finding from the FBI to the DOJ on whether George Zimmerman should be prosecuted (again), and the idea that it seems that many of these types of cases where there is no harm to people or taxpayers seem to be settled on the civil side of the law rather than on the criminal side.

My comment reflect both a bit of a small tinfoil hat and a growing lack of distrust in the system which I grew up believing (apparently wrongfully) to be blind to such things as party affiliation and previous comments.

My apologies for the accusation. It was not based on any objective fact but rather reflects a sense of frustration and mistrust.

Finally, please be assured that I am not looking to dismiss D’Souza’s actions if they are illegal. He doesn’t get a pass on breaking the law because of what he said in the past.

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By: Walter Olson http://overlawyered.com/2014/01/dsouza-indicted-alleged-straw-campaign-donations/comment-page-1/#comment-265179 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 06:54:07 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=43630#comment-265179 Gitarcarver – is there some positive evidence that the FBI or other feds targeted him for his political activities?

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By: SquirrelHill http://overlawyered.com/2014/01/dsouza-indicted-alleged-straw-campaign-donations/comment-page-1/#comment-265177 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 06:48:21 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=43630#comment-265177 Obama himself has violated the campaign finance laws on two different occasions, but he never had himself arrested for doing so:

http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

Obama supporters will go hysterical over this well sourced list of 545 examples of his lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc.

543) Had a double standard for arresting people who violate campaign finance laws

In January 2014, Dinesh D’Souza was arrested for violating campaign finance laws.

However, even though Obama himself had violated campaign finance laws on two different occasions (see here and here), Obama never had himself arrested.

Obama had previously said “We’re gonna punish our enemies, and we’re gonna reward our friends.” Given that D’Souza is a conservative activist who had released a movie called “2016: Obama’s America,” which had been heavily critical of Obama, I have to wonder what Obama’s real reason for arresting him was.

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By: gitarcarver http://overlawyered.com/2014/01/dsouza-indicted-alleged-straw-campaign-donations/comment-page-1/#comment-265172 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 05:39:03 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=43630#comment-265172 Scott,

I don’t have an issue with your overriding point. If you can’t do the crime, don’t do the time.

I do have a huge problem in that the FBI seems to have targeted this guy for his political activities. It is one thing to come across wrongdoing in the course of normal activities. It is another to say “dig into this guy’s life and find something.”

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By: Media Not Very Curious about D’Souza Indictment #StandWithDinesh | therightplanet.com http://overlawyered.com/2014/01/dsouza-indicted-alleged-straw-campaign-donations/comment-page-1/#comment-264932 Sun, 26 Jan 2014 05:00:41 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=43630#comment-264932 […] Dinesh D’Souza with violating campaign finance laws, Walter Olson at the Overlawyered blog posted on the relatively mild civil sanction meted out to a “big-league trial lawyer” who’d done […]

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By: Scott Jacobs http://overlawyered.com/2014/01/dsouza-indicted-alleged-straw-campaign-donations/comment-page-1/#comment-264915 Sun, 26 Jan 2014 03:10:31 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=43630#comment-264915 Just a thought…

If you don’t want to be indicted for felonies after speaking out against an administration, maybe you should first see you don’t go committing felonies.

No one at D’Souza’s level is unaware that what he did was illegal, and while he might be the victim of selective prosecution, it doesn’t change the fact that he did probably do what they say he did.

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By: Update: $9,500 fine for Edwards campaign finance violations - Overlawyered http://overlawyered.com/2014/01/dsouza-indicted-alleged-straw-campaign-donations/comment-page-1/#comment-264858 Sun, 26 Jan 2014 00:15:04 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=43630#comment-264858 […] note by W.O. [editor], Jan. 25, 2014: This archival post has drawn reader interest in light of more recent straw-donor enforcement controversies. It is worth noting that while the Edwards campaign paid only […]

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By: Dinesh D’Souza faces ‘surprisingly frequent’ campaign finance charges | Alison Frankel http://overlawyered.com/2014/01/dsouza-indicted-alleged-straw-campaign-donations/comment-page-1/#comment-264368 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:08:03 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=43630#comment-264368 […] Dinesh D’Souza with violating campaign finance laws, Walter Olson at the Overlawyered blog posted on the relatively mild civil sanction meted out to a “big-league trial lawyer” […]

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By: Hogbody Spradlin http://overlawyered.com/2014/01/dsouza-indicted-alleged-straw-campaign-donations/comment-page-1/#comment-264272 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:00:09 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=43630#comment-264272 The rule of law is a delicate thing. Oy.

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By: nl7 http://overlawyered.com/2014/01/dsouza-indicted-alleged-straw-campaign-donations/comment-page-1/#comment-264211 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:54:27 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=43630#comment-264211 Whoops, I meant that a corporate direct contribution is: “NOT legal under Citizens United, as it should be.”

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