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Cynthia McKinney's Special Case

To prove the point of my column last Wednesday about a growing frustration with members of Congress - both Republican and Democrat - who cling to a sense of entitlement and don't have to play by the same rules as the rest of the public, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports this morning on the continuing case of Cynthia McKinney:

The grand jury investigation of 4th District Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney enters its third month today with no hint from the federal prosecutor about how much longer it will take to settle a case that legal experts said should have been wrapped up in a matter of days. [snip]

"Right from the start this U.S. attorney has handled this case differently from every other case," said Chuck Canterbury, national president of the Fraternal Order of Police. "And it's because she is a sitting congresswoman." [snip]

What most angers the police about the McKinney case is that it involves an assault -- no matter how minor -- of a police officer. [snip]

In legal terms, McKinney's case "is as simple as you can get," said George Washington University legal expert Jonathan Turley. Usually anyone who hits a police officer is immediately arrested on felony charges, police and legal experts said.

You or I hit a cop and we go to jail, period. If a member of Congress does it, especially one who is willing to stoop to playing the race card, the case gets special treatment so that it is "settled quietly and privately, avoiding a public spectacle."