Former Congressman Renzi deserves a new trial
By Rachel Alexander
In an incredible new development in the criminal case of imprisoned former Congressman Richard Renzi, Federal District Court Judge David Bury has agreed to hold an evidentiary hearing on October 26th in Tucson to look into FBI corruption and consider Renzi’s motion for a new trial. This comes due to new information that emerged after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear his appeal earlier this year. Renzi’s new-trial motion reveals a significant and appalling pattern of misconduct by the FBI during both the investigation and prosecution of his case.
Renzi was targeted by Democrats within the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the mid-2000s, including former U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton, a Republican who consistently sides with Democrats, even endorsing them. They saw Renzi as a serious threat — a potential contender for president someday — due to his charisma and ability to get elected in a Democratic-leaning district. He became one of the top Republican targets in the country. President Bush fired Charlton in 2006, but by then it was too late, he had already smeared Renzi so much, with the help of the complicit local left-leaning media, that it was difficult to turn things around.
Now, a key witness against Renzi has admitted that the FBI secretly led him to believe that he would be paid for helping to convict Renzi, which is illegal. The government not only concealed that information during Renzi's trial, but prosecutors dishonestly told the jury that the witness had no financial interest in the outcome of Renzi's case.
The FBI shaped key witnesses' testimony to fit RCC’s narrative. Key witness Philip Aries, who was interested in purchasing some of the land in the proposed land swap, now admits the FBI led him to believe that he would receive money if he helped the government convict Renzi. Another key witness, Joanne Keene, who had suggested adding some land to the proposal, met with the government so often that she admitted that she felt like a part of the prosecution team.
The court decried this misconduct as unconstitutional and chastised the government for breaching its duty of candor — yet the criminal trial against Renzi was permitted to proceed, resulting in a sentence of three years in prison.
The reason the corruption has gone on this long is because the case is so complicated the average American does not understand it. Federal “land swapping” sounds scary and vaguely unethical, but as I’ve written previously, Renzi complied with all laws and never even stood to make a profit, he was merely trying to work out an agreement between multiple parties that would have resulted in a favorable outcome for the government, a military base, an Indian tribe, and the private parties in the middle.
There are three large areas in society the left has controlled in our lifetime: the legal system, education and the media. Conservatives have made ground in recent years in media, thanks to talk radio, Fox News and the rise of the Internet, mainly due to social media and online news sites. But there is a long way to go yet with education and the legal system. The left is attracted to the legal profession, with Democrats becoming the vast majority of lawyers and judges, as well as controlling state bar associations. An incredible 81 percent of lawyers contribute to Democratic political candidates, whereas only 19 percent contribute to Republican candidates. Until the legal system is cleaned up, conservatives like Renzi will be prime targets, and not only find themselves sued and fined, but even imprisoned.
I’ve been writing about the left targeting conservatives through the legal system for several years now. But I’d never encountered anything so horrendous as actually putting someone in prison until I discovered Renzi’s situation. This represents a huge step well beyond just standard harassment of the right, and unless we’re willing to speak up and stop it now, it will just continue, resulting in few conservatives daring to run for office anymore. Renzi has a much longer and more impressive record of helping out others than I do, as much I try to do my part. If they take him out, they can take out anyone.
Rachel Alexander and her brother Andrew are co-Editors of Intellectual Conservative. She has been published in the American Spectator, Townhall.com, Fox News, NewsMax, Accuracy in Media, The Americano, ParcBench, and other publications.