If you’re one of those people who are discouraged by Monday morning’s ruling and have abandoned hope for Jordan Brown (or Pennsylvania, for that matter), I want you to know that there is much happening in the background that may, in time, restore your faith in American justice.
This latest ruling by Judge Dominick Motto cannot and will not stand. It is clearly unconstitutional because in saying that Jordan is not amenable to rehabilitation as long as Jordan professes his innocence, it denies the right of the accused to avoid self-incrimination. The judge has in effect said that Jordan is guilty before the case has even gone to trial. Powerful people who are much more influential than this country judge are getting involved behind the scenes. Expect this case to go far.
Yesterday I learned that outside official investigators have also taken an interest in events in Western Pennsylvania and are closely monitoring the situation. They already know the reputation of Pennsylvania State Police in this part of the state as “corrupt wannabes who couldn’t make it on big-city police forces” and are now “banished to the sticks” in rural Pennsylvania. These investigators are interested in learning just how far the corruption extends. If state and county officials have acted dishonestly with regard to Jordan Brown, they will eventually be exposed—especially as this bizarre case becomes a focus of worldwide media attention.
But don’t expect the prosecution to simply roll over. They’ll fight tooth and nail.
Since the prosecution of the case was transferred to the state’s Attorney General’s office, it has now become a factor in Pennsylvania Attorney General Thomas W. Corbett’s run for the Republican nomination for governor. The case is no longer about truth and justice (not that it ever was), but about the expansion and domination of brute power.
Corbett is appealing to hardline right-wing supporters and is predictably framing his campaign as supporting law-and-order values.
It seems so ironic to me that Corbett’s campaign is crowing that under his leadership “235 child predators” were captured “before they could harm innocent children,” and yet he and his deputy Anthony Krastek are themselves predating on Jordan Brown, who by any honest assessment of the facts and evidence is also an innocent child—even though Corbett’s office ludicrously claims Jordan is an adult and continues to insist they have “strong evidence” proving guilt. (They don’t. They’re lying. They’re political!)
If the prosecution’s tactics and arguments are any indication of Corbett’s ideas of the kind of “law and order” he would enforce as governor, then I’d have to predict Pennsylvania and its proud role in our history will cease to symbolize American freedoms and would come to represent the creeping fascism that is perverting our way of life.