Barack the Lawyer and Political Geography
September 20, 2012 6 Comments
Courtesy of the Washington Examiner:
Writing in his 1995 autobiography, “Dreams from My Father,” Obama said he became “a civil rights lawyer” because “to lend meaning to a community’s suffering and take part in its healing — that required something more.”
There was indeed “something more” to Obama’s legal career, but it wasn’t civil rights litigation at the Chicago law firm of Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, where he was employed for a decade.
…. In March 1994, a year before “Dreams” was published, Obama was the lead defense attorney on an obscure case in Cook County Court that has heretofore escaped examination by the national media.
In this case, Obama defended a Chicago slumlord and powerful political ally who was charged with a long list of offenses against poor residents. The defendant was the Woodlawn Preservation & Investment Corp., controlled by Bishop Arthur Brazier, a South Side Chicago preacher and political operator.
…Brazier was closely allied with Obama and his firm, not least because Davis was on WPIC‘s Board of Directors.
…Brazier’s WPIC had failed for nearly a month to supply heat and running water for the complex’s 15 crumbling apartments. On Jan. 18, 1994, the day the heat went off, Chicago’s official high temperature was 11 below zero, the day after it was 19 below.
Even worse, the residents were then ordered to leave the WPIC complex in the winter chill without the due process they would have been afforded by an eviction procedure.
In court documents reviewed by The Washington Examiner, Daniel W. Weil, commissioner of Chicago’s Buildings Department, slammed WPIC for multiple municipal code violations, including “failure to maintain adequate heat,” failure “to provide every family unit with approved heating facilities,” and “failure to provide adequate” supplies of either hot or cold running water.
Things were so bad that the city’s outraged corporation counsel declared that “the levying of a fine is not an adequate remedy” and asked the court for a permanent injunction against WPIC, appointment of a receiver and imposition of a lien on WPIC to pay for repairs, attorneys’ fees and court costs.
But Obama did his work so well that in the end, on March 3, 1994, the court simply fined WPIC $50. Only then did Obama tell the court of the forcible removal of tenants in the bitter cold.
Isn’t it amazing that we’re only now finding out about this? Where have the press been? These are folks so avid to dig up dirt on Mitt Romney that they don’t hesitate for a moment to dig through 900 pages of “leaked” (euphemism for “stolen”) financial documents from Bain Capital. Confronted with video of Obama saying he believes in income redistribution,MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell refuses to cover it because it’s “not authenticated” (never mind that the Obama campaign has acknowledged it’s him). You see, it’s incomplete. It might have been edited. If that’s the standard, why did they cover the Romney tapes, which in addition to being incomplete were also very likely illegally obtained?
It’s not as though this kind of information isn’t out there. In February of 2010, I wrote about the false hype surrounding Obama’s resume:
Continue reading Villainous Company: The Real strikeSlim Shady/strike Barack Obama.
There really isn’t much to add to this, except to note that compassion for the poor wasn’t exactly his strong suit, was it?
International Liberty Brings us some maps that will help us understand international relations
I’m going to bring a couple over, he has more, and links to still more.
First the British view
And of Course the American view.
Continue reading/ viewing Political Humor: How the Greeks View the Rest of Europe « International Liberty.
Heh, and have fun.
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