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Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:

The United States of America took a giant step today toward becoming an autocracy. Irrespective of how you feel regarding the guilt or innocence of Gen. Michael Flynn, you should be aware that the American judicial system was prostituted in order to get him off the hook.

This case was not ultimately decided by trial. This case was not appealed to a higher court by the defendant based on evidence or some legal error. This case was dismissed because the president of the United States ruled it so. Take a moment to understand the ramifications of this — justice in our country is now in the hands of a sovereign rather than the Constitution. Guilt or innocence now depends on the level of friendship one has with the occupant of the White House. Justice now takes a back seat to political loyalty.

In truth, the Trump administration has been actively destroying the independence of the Department of Justice and the Judiciary Branch of government for quite a while. In the Roger Stone case as well, the work of federal prosecutors has been undermined to aid a friend of the sovereign. The U.S. attorneys of the Washington, D.C., and Southern District of New York offices have been removed from duty in order to protect Trump friends, family or Trump himself from investigation. Thanks to Attorney General William Barr, America now has a justice system that resembles those in Russia, China and other non-democratic countries. Democracy lost might never be restored.

Where our nation goes from here is in serious doubt. Believing things couldn’t get any worse is becoming nothing more than wishful thinking. As the Legislative and Judicial branches of government become irrelevant, presidential inaugurations will quickly be replaced by sovereign coronations!

Patricia Atchue

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