Cruel and Unusual

One of the numerous silver linings that comes with this territory is meeting remarkable people who would be just as remarkable on the outside, but who, on the outside, you’d not be likely to meet, and if you did meet them, neither you nor they would have the time to develop a relationship. I have just come from a long anticipated conversation in the cube of one of such person who, regretably had to disappoint me by saying his lawyer advises he not allow me to tell his story. Setting that disappointment aside, we had a great conversation anyway. With none of the truly interesting details, I will still try to give you the gist of his story. If you’re reading this, that means it has passed muster.

Dr. X had a great career on the staff of a big university with a medical school, hospital and research laboratories. He was a practicing physician for the first part of his career and a research scientist for the latter part. The nature of the work he was doing lent itself to creating a side business, with a number of partners. One partner managed the financial side. Dr. X was quite happy to leave that side of the business to others, because his only requirement for being part of the business was that he have nothing to do with the money (except, of course, at some point, receiving his fair share.)

I can’t tell you why the business came to the attention of federal law enforcement (because I don’t know) except to say it was a financial matter having nothing to do with the medical work Dr. X was doing. The misdeed-doer got a large prison sentence; Dr. X and his partners got smaller ones. Why he is incarcerated will remain a mystery to you and I, and would remain so even if he was inclined to tell because- he doesn’t know either, except that- it just is. He has served 2/3 of his sentence, has had his trial reversed, and continues here while the courts are sorting things out.

Dr. X and I have shared a common interest- reading books about the injustices of our Justice system. I have loaned him and he has read 4 such books now: Cardiac Arrest, By The People, Licensed to Lie, and Three Felonies A Day. He told me that in lieu of his story in detail, he wants me to share this passage from the epilogue to Licensed to Lie, by Sidney Powell:

“The collateral damage from a wrongful prosecution is beyond measure. Marriages are shattered, children are left parentless, careers ended, families devastated, finances ruined- all for what? To advance the career of a headline-grabbing, ethically, morally, and legally corrupt prosecutor? An indictment and corrupt criminal prosecution lives forever. Minutes turn into hours, then days, months, and years- stolen and destroyed in the calculated corruption of justice by the very people who are sworn and empowered to protect us. When an innocent person is imprisoned, either the guilty person is still free or there is no guilty party at all because no actual crime has been committed. The administration of justice is robbed of any validity, and society loses from all sides. The majority of the public- and now even good lawyers- have no faith in the fairness of our system.”

Dr. X has a special event planned with his family when he gets out. It is an event that is necessary for him, and I imagine for his family, before he lives out the rest of his days.

There needs to be a proper memorial service for his wife who passed away shortly after his incarceration. He needs it for her to be memorialized, that is, for the memories of her to be shared amongst the family- with his kids, their spouses, and his grandkids.

Even though he self-surrendered to a ‘non-custody federal prison camp’, he was not permitted by the American justice system, to attend her funeral.