Question of Influence in Abuse Case of Paterson Aide

from The New York Times

Last fall, a woman went to court in the Bronx to testify that she had been violently assaulted by a top aide to Gov. David A. Paterson, and to seek a protective order against the man.

In the ensuing months, she returned to court twice to press her case, complaining that the State Police had been harassing her to drop it. The State Police, which had no jurisdiction in the matter, confirmed that the woman was visited by a member of the governor’s personal security detail.

Then, just before she was due to return to court to seek a final protective order, the woman got a phone call from the governor, according to her lawyer. She failed to appear for her next hearing on Feb. 8, and as a result her case was dismissed.

Many details of the governor’s role in this episode are unclear, but the accounts presented in court and police records and interviews with the woman’s lawyer and others portray a brutal encounter, a frightened woman and an effort to make a potential political embarrassment go away. More

Abuse of power happens in every country. Even in the U.S., a self-proclaimed “the most democratic and free nation” in the world, power abuses happen frequently. Why does the headline report by the New York Time states as “Question of Influence in Abuse Case of Paterson Aide” ? And not as ” Abuse of Power by the State Police? ” Or is there “an influenced” somewhere that is so powerful that even the NYT is afraid to mention as abuse of power?

Ordinary people live lives in constant fear – of the rich and the powerful. Citizens, whether they like it or not, are required to abide by the so-called “democratic principles” of “You follow my ways or suffer the consequences of being rebellion.”

The hands of power under the guise of democracy will do anything in order to remain in the corridors of power.

Is this democracy or demo-crazy?

Does human rights and justice really exist?

Perhaps it does, but with a condition – be subservient to those in authority and power.

Is there a country with a truly fair system whereby the law of the land are applicable fairly and equally to everyone regardless of one’s status in the society?

Or perhaps there is an invisible unwritten protocol whereby one set (of laws) is meant for the ordinary citizen and another for the rich, the influenced, the high profiled or the powerful politicians and bureaucrats?

Your guess is as good as mine. This is reality. We cannot escape…unless you self-exiled as a hermit in a no-man’s land!

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