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January 26, 2010

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David Oscar

The Honest Service Statute is an abusive and unAmerican statute. Needs to be shot down.

Dr. Gene Nelson

The dilatory requests of Kevin Ring's defense team are suggestive of preferential legal treatment for deep-pocketed defendants. Such apparent favoritism undermines the sense that the administration of justice for violating laws is even-handed.

As Chief Justice Burger has noted: "A sense of confidence in the courts is essential to maintain the fabric of ordered liberty for a free people and three things could destroy that confidence and do incalculable damage to society: that people come to believe that inefficiency and delay will drain even a just judgment of its value; that people who have long been exploited in the smaller transactions of daily life come to believe that courts cannot vindicate their legal rights from fraud and over-reaching; that people come to believe the law - in the larger sense - cannot fulfill its primary function to protect them and their families in their homes, at their work, and on the public streets".Burger, What's Wrong With the Courts: The Chief Justice Speaks Out, U.S. News & World Report (vol. 69, No. 8, Aug. 24, 1970) 68, 71 (address to ABA meeting, Aug. 10, 1970).)

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