“If I’d written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people – including me – would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.”
— Hunter Thompson
For those of you who haven’t learned about how the criminal justice system works from the inside out — here’s a little enlightenment.
It’s all about money.
Silver was originally convicted and sentenced to more than 12 years for lining his pockets, then he appealed, was convicted again, appealed again and finally was incarcerated with a 61/2 year sentence. He avoided prison for nearly six years.
Last week, former Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota and his “Counterterrorism Chief” and his political bag man Christopher McPartland, both received 5 year sentences in Judge Azrack’s federal courtroom in Central Islip. They were convicted for conspiracy, obstruction of justice and witness tampering. They left out retaliation against journalists. I could’ve helped with that.
Today the appeals were filed. Likely, neither men will ever see the inside of a prison cell.
The Federal court system, unlike the State courts (especially if you own the judges), as I painfully learned myself at the hands of Spota and his judges like F.X. Doyle — through the as yet unpublicized pay-to-play operation which engineered the elections of Suffolk County judges — allows appellants to remain out on bail while an appeal is being considered. So, with the help of corrupt A.D.A.’s like Thalia Stavrides, who took her instructions from Spota in his former office, which has been described as a “criminal enterprise” by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone — look for Spota to never be incarcerated.
It’s all about money. With a hefty $9000 dollar per month pension that is unaffected by felony convictions in Suffolk County and a supposed $15 million dollar political dowry — if you can believe that figure — legal fees paid by the County make the cost a moot issue. That’s assuming that the various shady figures he did business with and for aren’t helping out.
Buying the judges, paying off the politicians, urging his Detectives to lean on witnesses, doling out bonuses to A.D.A.’s for presenting cases that defendants cannot possibly win with poisoned juries — is hard work. But, who knows, maybe the imbroglio, which Newsday has uncovered among the unsealed FBI documents, will show how attempting to kill Steve Levy, one of Cuomo’s opponents, will backfire on all of them. Levy’s non-prosecution agreement should be interesting reading, don’t you think?
After all, since Spota’s not going to jail as I did — since I had no money to fight the frame — and picked up a little cancer and a heart condition from the delights of prison — maybe we could at least get a glimpse of some really good creative writing? You know, like about how corruption is worded in a D.A.’s legal document? Come to think of it, Bob Clifford, Spota’s Minister of Disinformation who identified political adversaries and critics for prospective jurors to read was complicit in the criminal enterprise. Clifford arranged for negative publicity to soften up targets and their ultimate interest in plea deals — and certainly wanted to help out.
Since all of this is about money, maybe the $4.1 million that Spota stole from Levy bought a lot of the A.D.A.’s and their silence. Until it doesn’t.