Lawyer Says is a collection of exact quotes from attorneys (and sometimes judges), as found all over the web. Many are controversial but controversy isn’t a requirement. Lawyer Says was created and is managed by Joe Ross and inspired by Officials Say the Darndest Things.
Just because one citizen seems to think another citizen is doing something improper is not a basis to compromise the right of all of us,” Kates said. “If all a government agent needs to tape you is a personal belief you have done something wrong, you could lose your right to privacy. Most of the Bills of Rights would fall at the whim of a government agent.
PFC [Private first class] Manning is not submitting a plea as part of an agreement or deal with the Government. Further, the Government does not need to agree to PFC Manning’s plea; the Court simply has to determine that the plea is legally permissible. If the Court allows PFC Manning to plead guilty by exceptions and substitutions, the Government may still elect to prove up the charged offenses. Pleading by exceptions and substitutions, in other words, does not change the offenses with which PFC Manning has been charged and for which he is scheduled to stand trial.
These charges are the work of a vindictive and politically motivated Governor working through an un-elected attorney general, Linda Kelly, whom he appointed to do his bidding and who will be a lame duck five days from now. There is no factual basis to support these charges,