Labor Secretary Alex Acosta resigns amid scrutiny over Jeffrey Epstein 2008 plea deal

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/07/12/trumps-labor-sec-alex-acost.html

Trump Labor Secretary under fire for his previous handling of Jeffrey Epstein case in Florida

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I’d post a “goodbye” gif, but I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Alex Acosta. I’m hoping the next time we hear his name it will be in connection with the word “subpoena”.

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I’m not sure too much celebration is in order. Do not underestimate the orange turd’s ability to find someone worse than Acosta to fill the job. (Seems impossible…but just wait!)

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Yeah, somehow it doesn’t seem like a coincidence that the guy who personally gave a registered sex offender, accused child rapist and sex trafficker a wonderful plea-bargain deal was also the guy who tried to cut funding for sex-trafficking oversight by over 80%.

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If it is followed by his suicide, I will not be unhappy.

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I still haven’t figured out if there is a conspiracy, or just general government ineptness. I did hear something like 92% of federal crimes in end plea deals. Haven’t double checked that, but it seems rather high.

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Trump called Acosta a “great labor secretary, not a good one,”

Well - he’s no Judge Roy Moore…I mean Denny Hastert…I mean Brett Kavanuagh…

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https://www.opensecrets.org/revolving/rev_summary.php?id=50101

Note the casino representation:
https://www.opensecrets.org/revolving/indus.php?id=50101

Hmmmm… I wonder who he might have brushed up against?..

It’s like digging deeper into a compost pile. The further down you go the stinkier, steamier and more rotten it gets.

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I would call this a “Chinese menu situation”. Some from column A, some from column B

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That’s not a bottomless pit - it’s a hell mouth.

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It may never come out if there were bribery or conspiracy, but it seems sketchy as hell that the hearing that decided this was first thing on a Monday morning, the survivors of the assaults were not informed (as the law dictated), and an astonishingly light sentence was passed. He was a billionaire who curried favor with politicians, and even if there were no offer, Acosta may have done it so that Epstein owed him a favor. But yeah, the 90+% sounds right, just not this light a sentence for that much evil.

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That sounds plausible, with the exception that it’s probably 92% of federal prosecutions. When a prosecutor can charge you with eleven felonies, pleading to one felony with a potentially reduced sentence can seem like a good deal. And of course this is a highly efficient outcome for everybody but the accused (or in Epstein’s case, for the accused too)–the courts and the public avoid the expense of trial, and the lawyers can knock off early.

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In Trump’s America, Swamp drains You!

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Prosecutors are legally protected against actions that seem insanely incompetent at best and obviously corrupt on average. Even if it could be proven that Mr. Acosta took some kind of compensation to secure Billionaire Epstein his illegal slap-on-the-wrist sentence, there are no charges that could be pursued against Mr. Acosta.

This needs to change. The idea that power makes individuals less accountable – be they prosecutors or presidents – is not just disgusting, but also lethally corrosive to society.

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To me it’s either a conspiracy or there just isn’t any need for rich people to engage in conspiracies because they are automatically given deference without even bothering to blackmail or bribe anyone.

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When leaders say things like this it always strikes me. Of course you won’t fire him. You will force him to resign.

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So much great gif, and only one like to give.

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