WHY THE JENA SIX PROSECUTOR SHOULD NOT TESTIFY BEFORE CONGRESS
Many "Protest Leaders" are calling for Congress to subpoena the prosecutor who preferred the charges against the young black folks alleged to have been involved in (take your choice) either a "schoolyard fight" or a "mob action."
Some in Congress have started to grandstand about calling the prosecutor in to somehow "explain himself".
You friendly Basin takes no position on whether what is happening there is racial, appropriate or even a good use of resources. Reasonable people can disagree.
But on this one point I am adamant: Congress should not call this prosecutor to testify and, if they do, he should refuse to testify while his cases are pending.
This guy is elected to exercise the police power, constitutionally reserved to the People of the State of Louisiana. If he charges stuff that can't be proven, then a jury will say so. If he misuses his power, the electorate will take him out at the next opportunity. Moreover, there is no Federal Legislative proposition which his pretrial testimony could advance. The Feds don't have the power to stop the State of Louisiana from exercising its police power, so what legislative purpose would such a hearing further? Precisely none.
Demonstrate all you want. Campaign against the guy next time. Support an appeal if you think the young people are being hosed. But give up the Congressional Hearing Folly.