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Department of Justice undeterred in appealing on behalf of Operation Choke Point

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Department of Justice undeterred in appealing on behalf of Operation Choke Point

As Ed noted last week in regard to the Obama Justice Department’s ultra-bizarre and super-shady Operation Choke Point — an ATF scheme in which the feds tried to cut off what they deemed to be, ahem, objectionable enterprises’ access to banking services — it sure seems like a really great way to set up a system that will eventually ripen with corruption and abuse. The fact that two federal judges have recently recognized it as such, however, is not a deterrent for the ATF:

Two federal judges have ruled that widely used sting operations designed to ensnare suspects with the promise of a huge payday for robbing an imaginary drug stash house are so “outrageous” that they are also unconstitutional. One judge said the charges were so unfair that he threw them out after three suspects already pleaded guilty.

Each of the men admitted to charges that would put them in prison for seven years or more. But instead of sending them there, U.S. District Court Judge Manuel Real declared that federal agents had “created the fictitious crime from whole cloth” and that their conduct was unconstitutional. Then he dismissed the charges and ordered that all three be set free. …

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