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True judges follow democratic, not Stalinist, principles

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March 11, 2012, 5:42 p.m. | Letters — by Laurence S. Eraut
Dear Editor,

I have been following the cases of ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and ex-Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko. I note a recent revelation that the Tymoshenko judge,Rodion Kireyev,was VERY unqualified. More than that, I notice political court decisions. Judges should not be used by politicians. Here in America, we have more freedom. However, there are many who see freedom as a license to commit crime, so in America, are twice as many prisoners in prison, as anywhere else, including Ukraine.

However, not so many politicians are imprisoned in America, as are imprisoned in Russia, in Belarus and in Ukraine. he criminals in USA are not political opponents of the rulers. They are either financial deceivers, or violent men and women.

Many homes in the USA are defended with firearms, so there is rarely any home invasion. Most crimes in USA are violence against relatives or friends,connected with alcohol or drug use.

The surprising thing to us is that politicians in some countries are able to influence judges. Here in the USA judges cost much more to be "bought": millions of dollars.

At least American judges do not sell their honorable character for a cheap price. Some judges cannot be “bought.” In any event, there are a few good, honest men, in law and in journalism. The biggest crime in America, is the bribing of politicians, called "lobbying."

Lutsenkois not guilty of any crime, except opposingPresident Viktor Yanukovych.

Judges [in Ukraine] need to decide whether they will please Yanukovych or do what is just to free Lutsenko. Judges are not supposed to be used by politicians. Lutsenko’s freedom. will postpone sanctions; his imprisonment for 4 1/2 years will likely bring sanctions.

Belarus is an even more undemocratic, unjust country. Ukraine and Belarus will both be included in sanctions. You do not think that sanctions willaffect you, personally. Maybe not, this year. But after a few years of sanctions, you will revise your attitude.

Yanukovych is leading you all back to the new Soviet Union, the [Russian-led] Customs Union. You will experience Soviet-style justice. Then it will be too late for you.

Under Soviet-Stalinist style justice, you will not be true judges,only instruments of the state. Free Europe will continue without you. Russian soldiers will put a stop to your freedoms.

Yours truly,

Laurence S. Eraut
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Gerald Bowers March 11, 2012, 7:05 p.m.    

So called wisdom from an American. That's all we need.))))))

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Carlos M March 12, 2012, 6:51 p.m.    

Excuse me.

The above moronic opinion is the author's and only his. I'm an American and I definitely disagree with the author.

First, try to defend your home with a firearm. Whenever some moron uses a firearm to &quot;protect&quot; his home, he will kill an innocent person. Not to mention you whip out a firearm in public and you will have the police-state (not state police)take care of that.

Between you and me, Goldilocks is as guilty as sin. The problem has been that Ukraine has no independent court system. Also, Yanukonvict's goons, not being that smart, botched the whole thing making her look like a martyr.

Get rid of them all and start anew.

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Leonard Kuchma March 11, 2012, 7:26 p.m.    

True democracy in the US is, in fact, an illusion. It's just not as overt as in these Slavic countries. Why are Americans debating birth control, abortions, gay marriages, etc. instead of the economy, jobs, housing, elevating the poor? It is , in part, because there are more lobbyists in Washington than politicians, because the top 1% control the entire economic and political US agenda. More and more, they are turning their backs on the ordinary citizens. What good is &quot;democracy&quot; when a very large number of people live in an economic &quot;jail&quot;. You don't need dictatorships or prisons to control a country like the US when you can get the same results by excluding its citizens from running for office through prohibitive costs, lack of connections, lack of education, etc. Look what's happening now with the superPACs after the Supreme Court of America deemed that corporations can donate unlimited amounts of money to an election camgaign through the back door. It's not only the power of the US that's wanning but also its democracy.

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Leonard Kuchma March 11, 2012, 7:27 p.m.    

True democracy in the US is, in fact, an illusion. It's just not as overt as in these Slavic countries. Why are Americans debating birth control, abortions, gay marriages, etc. instead of the economy, jobs, housing, elevating the poor? It is , in part, because there are more lobbyists in Washington than politicians, because the top 1% control the entire economic and political US agenda. More and more, they are turning their backs on the ordinary citizens. What good is &quot;democracy&quot; when a very large number of people live in an economic &quot;jail&quot;. You don't need dictatorships or prisons to control a country like the US when you can get the same results by excluding its citizens from running for office through prohibitive costs, lack of connections, lack of education, etc. Look what's happening now with the superPACs after the Supreme Court of America deemed that corporations can donate unlimited amounts of money to an election camgaign through the back door. It's not only the power of the US that's wanning but also its democracy.

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Carlos M March 12, 2012, 6:53 p.m.    

Hear, Hear!

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Roman Dawydiak March 12, 2012, 5:42 a.m.    

It is more than possible and for a very good reason that unqualified Judges such as Rodion Kireyev (trial of Yulia Tymoshenko) and Serhiy Vovk (trial of Yuriy Lutsenko) etc. were used instead of high profile members of the judicial elite. The Yanukovych Regime needed scapegoats/sacrificial lambs should there be unacceptable repercussions. Although the Ukrainian Administration almost certainly expected protests and denunciations nationally and internationally, it is more than likely that they hoped that all would settle to a &quot;dull roar&quot; over a short period of time. It did not. The denunciations continue and the highly anticipated signing of an Association Agreement with the EU is stalled indefinitely. What should have been a feather in the cap of Viktor Yanukovych has turned out to be a public relations fiasco. If this was not enough, the Ukrainian Administration must now face the decision (to be determined in the very near future) from the European Court of Human Rights (A Branch of the Council Of Europe) on the validity of the incarceration of Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuriy Lutsenko. It is widely expected that both convictions will be overturned and unconditional releases will be mandatory. (Note: The Ukrainian Government has already expected this outcome and will abide by any ruling by the ECHR). Who will be blamed for this embarrassment? Certainly not President Yanukovych. Forget PM Mykola Azarov. He will be needed to take the blame for Government misdeeds and inefficiencies prior to the VR elections in October. Cabinet Members or other high officials connected with the President? Forget it. What about Rodion and Serhiy? Who cares about them? Hmmm.

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