Congress Ruled Not Immune from Search Warrants

Monday, July 10, 2006
WASHINGTON (AP) -- "An FBI raid on a Louisiana congressman's Capitol Hill office was legal, a federal judge ruled Monday.
Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan said members of Congress are not above the law. He rejected requests from lawmakers and Democratic Rep. William Jefferson to return material seized by the FBI in a May 20-21 search of Jefferson's office.

In a 28-page opinion, Hogan dismissed arguments that the first-ever raid on a congressman's office violated the Constitution's protections against intimidation of elected officials.

Jefferson's theory of legislative privilege 'would have the effect of converting every congressional office into a taxpayer-subsidized sanctuary for crime,' the judge said.
Hogan acknowledged the 'unprecedented' nature of the case but said 'a Member of Congress is generally bound to the operation of the criminal laws as are ordinary persons.'"

2 comments:

David Thomson said...

“Hogan acknowledged the 'unprecedented' nature of the case but said 'a Member of Congress is generally bound to the operation of the criminal laws as are ordinary persons.'"

Custom is not the same thing as an enshrined constitutional protection. We cannot allow our congressional leaders to hide behind their official status while committing crimes. Let’s take it a step further. What if Jefferson was hiding a nuclear weapon? My example is admittedly extreme, but it still shows why the ability to make distinctions is our only hope in preserving civilization.

MeaninglessHotAir said...

Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan said members of Congress are not above the law.

Unlike Democratic Presidents.