Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Court Notes

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan says she favors cameras at the Supreme Court during oral arguments.  Bravo!  You deserve to see how every branch of your government works.

Some justices had feared cameras would change how oral arguments are presented, and we all know some people act different in front of a camera.  The positives outweigh the negatives.  Open it up.  Let's see what happens.

Richard Emanski was sentenced to five months in jail yesterday, in federal court at Scranton.  Emanski pleaded guilty to bribing a member of the Wilkes-Barre Area school board.  He also admitted, perhaps inadvertently, in a pre sentence court report, to bribing others.

Before the sentence was handed, Emanski's attorney outlined all the bad things that could potentially happen to Emanski, his family, and his business if he went to jail.  I'm a believer in second chances and redemption.  I also believe that good people can make bad mistakes.  However, it appears Emanski should have thought of that stuff before he started handing out bribes.  His activity clearly wasn't a "one and done" deal.