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David Gregory skates on 30 rounder

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by rollnblock, Jan 11, 2013.

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  1. rollnblock

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    The District of Columbia's Attorney General announced Friday night that he will not prosecute NBC host David Gregory for holding up a high-capacity magazine during an episode of Meet the Press on December 23. Gregory did violate a local law, but under prosecutorial discretion the A.G. won't go after him for it. Gregory displayed the magazine during his epic on-air interview of NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre, but even LaPierre's boss at the NRA thought the ensuing investigation, which concluded this week, was a little ridiculous. From the official letter A.G. Irvin B. Nathan's office sent to Gregory's bosses at NBC (emphasis ours):


    Influencing our judgment in this case, among other things, is our recognition that the intent of the temporary possession and short display of the magazine was to promote the First Amendment purpose of informing an ongoing public debate about firearms policy in the United States, especially while this subject was foremost in the minds of the public following the previously mentioned events in Connecticut and the President's speech to the nation about them.

    To sum up: Gregory's status as a member of the press — "to promote the First Amendment purpose of informing an ongoing public debate" — swayed the Attorney General in his decision. The A.G. isn't just absolving, but in fact defending Gregory's violation of what it calls "an important law" on the grounds that Gregory was doing so in service of the debate over gun violence that followed the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. This will certainly lighten the mood of Howard Kurtz ("Gregory had no intent to commit a crime; he was committing journalism instead.") but only further enrage those who thought, and not wrongfully, that they had caught Gregory in his own hypocrisy.
     
  2. crusha

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    "In service of the debate"



    This vibrantly illustrates Reason#3 for exactly why we don't need gun control: selective enforcement.
     
  3. rollnblock

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    wherein lies the problem; we have plenty of laws, their just not enforced
     
  4. Old Cowboy

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    ..........so what did we expect? Blind justice??
     
  5. racer

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    Is it okay to fight the second amendment using the first amendment? Just sayin :) Dan
     
  6. timberfaller

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    So if this is the case, ordinary citizens should expect the same "treatment"???

    I dought it, the DC AG will come after like a hound on a bone!!

    I might agree with the NRA, BUT NBC knew the LAW and how it was stated and ask permission to have it and THEY were denied!!

    Who jerked the AG strings?? Holder one might ask!!!
     
  7. TinMan88

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    Q: What trumps an 'activist judge'?
     
  8. skeet_man

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    It does set a precedent the next time someone does exactly the same thing and gets charged.
     
  9. Rick Barker

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    You guys really didn't think he would be charged, did you?
     
  10. EuroJoe

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    The a-hole could have made his point with a picture blown up and mounted on a hardboard backing.
     
  11. dgh

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    they ( you know who they are ) always will get away with things as long as it is good for bringing down the United States Of America.

    Any of us on the other hand would still be in JAIL..
     
  12. Jerbear

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    David Gregory's Wife Acted in Play with DC Attorney General...

    There may have been a more personal factor in Washington, D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan's decision to let NBC’s David Gregory off the hook Friday than the “prosecutorial discretion” he claimed he was exercising by declining to prosecute Gregory for alleged possession of a high-capacity gun magazine.

    Professor William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection uncovered an established relationship between Gregory and Nathan's families. Gregory’s wife Beth Wilkinson (pictured left), an attorney herself, acted in a play with the Attorney General (pictured right) in 2011.

    The play, a sort of "mock trial" conducted for charity for the Washington, D.C. Shakespeare Theatre Company, was performed in front of a crowd of 800.

    Legal Insurrection tracked down the following post, which covered the play:

    In this town full of lawyers it should be no surprise that this event sold out in 44 seconds….. The attorneys were Beth Wilkinson a partner at Paul Weiss (and wife of David Gregory, aka the Silver Fox, who was snapping pictures like a proud hubby!) and Irv Nathan, Acting Attorney General for DC. Both were hilarious and Beth looked so great in her black dress and patent leather heels, I was totally motivated to stick to my overly arduous diet. [emphasis in original]

    Attorney General Nathan acknowledged in his letter to NBC a preponderance of evidence against Gregory, referencing "the clarity of the violation of this important law." Could Gregory—because of his connections or because of his wife’s playacting with the Attorney General or simply because he’s a member of the DC establishment—be getting a pass from justice?

    Which brings to mind the famous lines from Shakespeare’s Hamlet:

    I'll have grounds

    More relative than this—the play's the thing

    Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the King.



    Hummmm.......





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    Jerbear
     
  13. Brian in Oregon

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    Awesome, a new Media Loophole for guns. All we have to do is declare we're members of the media doing news research and we can have all sorts of banned firearms and accessories.
     
  14. single stack

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    There has also been no news of George Gillett since December.

    There was supposed to be an "investigation" into how the the ATF
    agent's FN 5-7 pistol was recovered in a Mexican drug cartel gunfight
    in Mexico where some Beauty Queen was killed.

    He had also been found to have filled out two form 4473's dishonestly.

    Apparently, nothing will be done about his violations of US gun laws either.
     
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