The thing the Government does not understand or care to understand is that a rat will say or do anything to stay out of prison. They will lie, cheat and steal just to stay on the street so they can commit more crime. A RAT is the lowest form of human. They want to profit from crime and not face the consequences. My father always told me "a construction worker has to worry about getting hit in the head with a 2x4, a criminal has to worry about going to jail". What he means by that is going to jail is just a job hazard for a criminal and if you don't want to go to prison then don't commit any crimes. Not these rats though. They want to cut corners and rob, steal and even murder but not face justice and who can blame them. Shame on the Government for letting them get away with it.
Things need to change with the judicial system in this country but no one seems to care until it happens to someone in their own family. There are many innocent people in prison because some RAT threw them under the bus because they didn't want to do the time they should have and it sickens me.
Something has to change but it won't. The FBI could not crack one case if rats didn't help them and the US Attorneys office is run like a used car dealership where everyone that walks through the door whether employee or criminal comes out a little dirtier every time.
Here is the Herald article, please take a second and read it.
Yesterday, former Chelsea Housing Authority Director Michael McLaughlin pleaded guilty to shafting both taxpayers and Chelsea’s poor by knowingly lying about his salary, which ballooned from $77,000 in 2000 to $366,000 in 2011.
His motive, said his lawyer: money.
Yet last month, computer prodigy Aaron Swartz took his own life after prosecutors in Ortiz’s office threatened him with multiple years in jail for downloading academic journals from an MIT computer system.
His motive: to make these journals available free.
His threatened jail time: up to 50 years.
True, if Swartz had cut a deal like McLaughlin did, he was probably looking at only seven or eight months. Then again, if McLaughlin fails to cooperate with the federal probe, he was facing only 12 to 18 months behind bars.
I can’t see the justice here.
I know, McLaughlin gets a reduced term for helping the government indict more alleged wrongdoers who may, or may not, include Lt. Gov. Tim Murray.
But how sleazy is this deal? Those willing to squeal on former “friends” get rewarded, those who don’t, do not. And those who refuse to plead guilty — because they believe they’re innocent — face bludgeoning, bankruptcy, hounding and harassment.
Recall what Harvey Silverglate, a Boston defense lawyer, has pointed out: The first indictment against Swartz contained four counts with a maximum sentence of 35 years. The indictment after Swartz rejected a plea “upped the ante to 13 counts.”
That translates to up to 50 years in prison and $1 million in fines, according to the congressional committee probing Ortiz.
Those familiar with the federal system say this is how things must be done: catch the small fries, turn them, and then catch the big enchilada. But perhaps these apologists have been in the system too long. They can’t see that things have gone too far, that too much wheeling and dealing sacrifices faith in the system and its very integrity.
This is hardly the first time we’ve seen such maneuvering around here. Federal Judge Douglas Woodlock, who presided over McLaughlin’s hearing yesterday, also sentenced Catherine Greig to eight years for abetting alleged serial killer Whitey Bulger on the run.
Meanwhile, Bulger’s former buddy in the Winter Hill gang, John Martorano, served 12 years in jail — just four more than Greig — and he confessed to 20 murders. That deal predated Ortiz’s tenure. But it’s in keeping with the mentality in the U.S. attorney’s office.
And I can’t see the justice in it anymore.