On Society, Federal Judge Proclaims: ‘We are in a Death Spiral’March 23rd, 2009 by josh farley
We live in a time in which athletes cheat, he said, and where entertainers beat their wives and girlfriends. Government officials choose — or choose not — to pay their taxes, he proclaimed. And he took particular aim at our current cause celebre, calling some on Wall Street “souless.”
Leighton (pictured) ended such a diatribe by saying of our democracy that, “We are in a death spiral.”
The relevancy of these critical musings was indeed to the case at hand: sentencing Charles Nolon Bush, a former Port Orchard resident, to 30 years in prison for bilking investors out of $35 million. “Your timing is bad,” Leighton told Bush.
But the judge paints a pretty stark and gloomy picture. I have to ask: are things really that bad? And so bad, in fact, that judges — who serve as pinnacles in our democracy — are publicly foreseeing doomsday on the horizon?
For Leighton, the Nolon Bush case seemed to give the government a chance to set an example. It is my observation that our federal government cherry picks the most serious and heinous of crimes to show the rest of society that such behavior leads to harsh consequences.
“We live in a society,” Leighton said, “with a great need in a renewed faith in the rule of law.”
Leighton photo courtesy of the Emerald Education Group.