Op-Ed: Attorney for the Damned is damned - 50 years for Edgar Steele
On November 9, former Idaho attorney Edgar Steele was sentenced to 50 years imprisonment; his co-defendant will be released next year.
Some background to the case of the Attorney for the Damned
can be found here
. Steele did not testify at his trial, which is the only fact that might tend to indicate his guilt, although in the United States, the refusal of an accused to testify is not given the same weight it receives in Britain. Frankly, everything else about this case sucks. There can't be many cases where the intended victim - or should that be the alleged intended victim? - makes an impact statement pleading for the man who was convicted of conspiring to bring about her demise.
Two people have sounded off loudly about this case: Cyndi Steele, wife of Edgar Steele and the aforementioned intended victim - and Wicked Harold Covington, the self-styled “Nazi” who rails against big government, the persecution and entrapment and torture of Moslems, and American Imperialism in the Middle East. Covington sounded off about the case yesterday, November 11, on his Down With Jug Ears
blogspot with uncharacteristic restraint.
Steele is probably not too happy about receiving Covington's support, but the big question is where are all the self-styled civil libertarians, radicals and other campaigners who fought tooth and nail for Troy Davis
, a cold-blooded killer who shot dead an innocent man in a crowded parking lot after pistol whipping a vagrant, and who to this day are campaigning on behalf of Mumia Abu-Jamal
, a man who gunned down a police officer in the execution of his duty, and was found at the scene of the crime, sitting on the kerb with an empty gun at his feet and a bullet from the victim's weapon in his chest?
Anyone who examines what little evidence is available, such as the excluded forensics, the bizarre motive, and the non-sentence handed out to Steele's alleged co-conspirator, FBI informant Larry Fairfax, cannot but conclude that there is something terribly wrong with this case. Whether or not Steele warranted the guilty verdict he received last May, his real crime is that he acted for the wrong clients.