August 8, 2003

Ashcroft To Judges: I'm Watching You

Attorney General John D. Ashcroft has ordered U.S. attorneys across the country to become much more aggressive in reporting to the Justice Department cases in which federal judges impose lighter sentences than called for in sentencing guidelines.

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Ashcroft's critics reacted angrily to the memo, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) accused Ashcroft of engaging in an "ongoing attack on judicial independence" and of requiring federal prosecutors "to participate in the establishment of a blacklist of judges who impose lesser sentences than those recommended by the sentencing guidelines."

Do you ever get the feeling that Ashcroft is a control freak?

[Link] (washingtonpost.com) (via 525 Reasons To Dump Bush)

Posted by James at August 8, 2003 9:56 AM
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He may benefit from psychological counseling, which would help him to overcome his anal retentive personality defect. He may also want to have a high colonic now and then.

From http://www.guidetopsychology.com/mpd.htm:

Sometimes, for their convenience, parents want toilet functions to happen on schedule. And sometimes a child doesn’t want to cooperate; he or she can “hold back” these functions for his or her own satisfaction. Healthy development requires that the child and the parents work out these conflicts peacefully, in a fair give-and-take of assertiveness. If, however, the child feels resentful because he or she always has to give in to the parents’ demands, he or she can end up with an “anal personality”—that is, the child will appear to be generous but will actually (unconsciously) want to retain and hoard things out of a fear of losing them to the demands of others. As the child grows up, he or she will have the tendency to fall into this hoarding mentality as a defensive way of coping with an emotional crisis.

Posted by: Patti M. at August 8, 2003 11:43 AM

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