Yes, Dan Satterberg, King County Prosecutor, and those that worked with him in the prosecution against me, should be ashamed for letting themselves be played like violins by Dan Satterberg’s major campaign contributors, Boeing and law firm Perkins Coie. (A partner at Perkins Coie, perhaps the chief benefactor of Boeing retainers for defending Boeing against any culpability for their white collar personnel’s crimes, was also head of Satterberg’s campaign for King County Prosecutor.) Their efforts to prevent Boeing criminality from coming to anyone’s attention that might be so ethical that they would want to do something about it that they demonstrated during the prosecution of me for going to the press about Boeing misconduct of the highest order should forever go down as one of the “highest achievements” ever in the annals of the history of King County Prosecutor misconduct.
I do in no way mean to suggest that my personal fate is of any great import, but his attempt, per the very, very ardent wishes of his noted campaign contributors to put blue collar people in prison on trumped up charges for daring to oppose the real and high crimes of Boeing’s numerous white collar criminals is “pay to prosecute” misconduct of the worst possible kind. It’s a corruption of our government that makes Blagojevich’s corruption look tame by comparison, as the whole concept of Justice itself is at stake, and not just money, as was the case in that widely publicized case of blatant corruption in Illinois.
But, in King County, Justice is for sale to the biggest campaign contributor or benefactor to the current King County Prosecutor. In King County, Justice is in effect peeking through her blindfold at the amount and source of campaign cash put on the scales she is holding. Those who contribute most receive whatever “justice” they want, even if what they actually want is injustice. In that way, King County Justice is surely blind because of Dan Satterberg’s actions and inaction, as the meaning of justice and injustice are thusly variable for Satterberg if the bidding is high enough.
Surely, even if campaign cash and related powerful people of those donor companies had not come into the way of how the King County Prosecutor’s Office interprets “justice” so directly, just the mere fact that Dan Satterberg belongs to a political party that has so steadfastly defended the moneyed elite’s interests over the interests of all other citizens would explain somewhat his bias against unbiased justice in this case. However, there are good Republicans out there, to be sure. Dan Satterberg is just not one of them.
Thankfully, for Dan Satterberg, cases like mine when he has to choose either justice, or inflicting the injustice wanted by his family friends, campaign contributors, and campaign heads, don’t come along too often, and are not covered in the press in sufficient detail to make clear to the public his office’s sale of justice to the highest bidder. But, then again, perhaps Dan Satterberg doesn’t care about the risks of his own corruption being outed if the money and other rewards for said corruption are high enough. I don’t presume to know, however, what precisely goes through his white collar biased “criminal mind,” however. Those of us interested in true justice (which, of course, doesn’t include Dan Satterberg, as noted) should hope that Dan Satterberg doesn’t successfully keep his “pay to prosecute” corruption hidden from accountability much longer, and this blog is in the spirit of such openness that is needed to end such corruption.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and well before he won election with Boeing’s and Perkins Coie’s money and other help, Dan Satterberg had held absolute power for far too long, even if it was only for the relatively short time between the last King County Prosecutor’s death and his own election. Dan Satterberg breaks no new ground there, even though his corruption of “his” office is unprecedented, except for perhaps the time before Norm Maleng took office. That Dan Satterberg’s campaign was highly distasteful (at the least) is surely attributable to his Perkins Coie campaign manager and his own “ethics.” I had never before seen a candidate for office try to “surf his way” into office on his predecessor’s coffin. That they had to essentially pry Dan Satterberg from Norm Maleng’s coffin so they could bury it while he had the cameras rolling, in effect, was distasteful, indeed, and while apparently effective with all of Boeing’s and Perkins Coie’s campaign cash to publicize it, I do not want to see any candidate for office stoop so low ever again. But this and Satterberg’s selling of justice to the highest bidder does say much about Dan Satterberg’s “ethics,” I believe. Being thusly so closely associated with the worst people in Boeing Management and Boeing Legal does not carry the public connotation it should have, however, even in these days when Boeing Management’s unethical antics are perhaps becoming most widely known.
Dan Satterberg could have avoided his office’s corruption by investigating and charging the vastly greater crimes of the company that reported my purported crime of communicating with a reporter in the media. That wasn’t going to happen on Dan Satterberg’s watch, however. His office made no effort to contact me or ask the Seattle Police Department to do so, even though the evidence of Boeing misconduct being the sole driver of my contacts with the press was inescapable. Why did he not do so? Were his hands as dirty as Boeing’s obviously were at that point in his career? Possibly. But it was perhaps the fact he knew Boeing’s “hands” were so dirty that led him to not thusly “bite” the dirty hands that would feed his campaign, and quench his thirst for more absolute power. Thusly not “biting” Boeing’s dirty “hands” was not a hard choice for one of the ethics of Dan Satterberg, no doubt.
Now that Dan Satterberg has “absolute power” to define the meaning of the term “justice” in King County (even to mean its opposite meaning), he is no doubt also probably one of the chief advocates to make the King County Prosecutor a non-partisan office, and even for public financing of elections. Now that he is in the office, doing so would only help quench his thirst for ever more “absolute power” if he succeeds in keeping his office's base corruption out of the press.
Boeing is perhaps the entity with the most dirty hands ever to report a crime in King County, albeit perhaps a murderer has before similarly reported the jaywalking of someone who was on their way to the police department or prosecutor to report that same murderer’s crimes, and the police or prosecutor also similarly ignored the murderers crimes and threw the book at the jaywalker instead with a vengeance, perhaps having also had their “decisionmaking” on the subject also “helped along” by the murderer giving them cash to do so. I do not mean to insinuate what I did in contacting the press as a whistle-blower was akin to “jaywalking,” or that Boeing’s ongoing criminality is akin to murder. The many people that have died because of the corruption I steadfastly tried to end are not “murders,” to my knowledge, as I have no evidence the many corrupt Boeing managers I witnessed the actions of that made those deaths much, much more likely and directly resulted in many of them actually wanted them to die and watched the coverage of plane crashes on CNN with glee anticipating a new order shortly from the affected airline. I believe they are first degree manslaughter, however. As for the crimes I reported to the press in Boeing giving Stealth Bomber technology to proscribed countries by stealing it from the true owners for use on commercial airplanes, that is a crime that is potentially even graver for our country in terms of consequences than the complex fraud in Boeing Quality Assurance that I tried to end, and that Dan Satterberg intentionally overlooked for the benefit of his campaign contributor extraordinaire Boeing.
But the party Dan Satterberg belongs to has, of late, not been at all about protecting the average person, no matter how well Dan Satterberg makes himself seem otherwise by prominently posting what he is doing to help the needy (and ensure his re-election) on the King County Prosecutor’s website. It has instead been about increasing the number of needy and outsourcing their jobs. To that end, Boeing is a good complement to Satterberg, as Boeing has outsourced untold thousands of jobs and likes to take credit for the charitable giving of their relatively few remaining employees. To his credit, I don’t believe Dan Satterberg has outsourced any King County Prosecutor’s office jobs yet, whatever he feels about the wisdom of Boeing’s own outsourcing. Maybe he believes, as his kind of Republican does, that Boeing’s outsourcing is good because it allows them extra money with which to contribute to his campaign, but, alas, the subject of outsourcing is not related to the issue at hand.
That Dan Satterberg has been the willing puppet of the company that still most arrogantly flouts the law is not surprising, if you know his actions well, as I do. Satterberg will protect Boeing misconduct as long as he is in office, just as he has up until now. In that, Boeing’s contributions and Boeing contributions funneled through other companies have been a relatively cheap bargain. After all, what price would you put on your freedom from prosecution if you were a Boeing white collar criminal? I don’t presume to know the status of Boeing’s actions in other counties to similarly ensure corrupt actors in high offices. Maybe, as most corrupt Boeing white collar criminals work and live in King County, Boeing has not had to get their hands even more dirty elsewhere in the state than in King County.
Even though Dan Satterberg has a Complex Fraud department that would presumably be ideal in prosecuting Boeing’s complex frauds (both the ones I witnessed and others), he has so far used it to arrogantly protect Boeing’s own complex frauds and to cover up any evidence of Boeing’s complex frauds. It has therefor been turned 180 degrees from its supposed duty, just as the word “justice” has also been defiled under him.
I wish I and others could truthfully report that Dan Satterberg was not a discredit to the restoration of the Republican Party’s good name. To that end, Dan Satterberg defiles his own party’s name just as much as Blagojevich does to the Democrats. Blagojevich tried to sell an office to the highest bidder, whereas Satterberg sells King County “justice” thusly to the highest bidder.
Maybe one day the King County Prosecutor’s Office will one day be inhabited by people at least as ethical as I am. Until Dan Satterberg leaves office, however, the King County Prosecutor’s Office can never aspire to be anywhere near being that ethical.
Perhaps those of you that are not abhorred by Dan Satterberg’s selling of justice to the highest bidder can be disgusted by the amount of King County and Seattle Police Department money Satterberg wasted in his attempts to ruin my life, imprison me, and send a message to other potential Boeing whistleblowers out there. I wish, too, that Dan Satterberg had spent that money where it could have been much more ethically and effectively spent, in the prosecutions of the numerous white collar criminals at Boeing, some of whom Dan Satterberg "worked together" with much too closely and for far too long in order to ensure my unfair trial and imprisonment that was apparently not unfair enough for both Satterberg and Boeing to reach their goal.
It was sad that Dan Satterberg used the good name Norm Maleng had built up for the department in furthering efforts by Boeing to retaliate against me for brazenly trying to have them imprisoned by having me imprisoned instead. Surely the jury would have begun deliberations far more in my favor if Satterberg had not tried to have his direct reports stack the deck against a fair trial in my case in order to ensure the bidding of his chief campaign contributors was done to their satisfaction. Unfortunately, a large part of a jury pool will assume you are guilty as charged even before the trial begins, especially if the public has a high opinion of the office, as they did until Dan Satterberg defiled the office Norm Maleng had built, apparently with Satterberg asleep near the wheel during that time. They will skip the hard job of deliberations depending on what they think of the ethics of the prosecutor’s office. Sadly, Dan Satterberg used that hard won name Norm Maleng had built for the department in unethical if not illegal efforts to ensure his election by pleasing the most well-heeled campaign contributors to be had in the state.
Of course Perkins Coie for the most part was just doing their job in protecting the white collar criminals at Boeing that Boeing retained them to protect. I do have a problem, however, with one of their partners using a personal friendship with a U.S. Attorney to get that U.S. Attorney to try to bluff me into signing a Perkins Coie/Boeing written/approved “continuance for dismissal.” I also have a problem with them currying favor with Dan Satterberg for naked business interests on the part of their clients. I think they should rely on the validity of their legal arguments rather than personal and campaign favor induced favor with government officials in order to do their work. But maybe they know something I don’t know. Perhaps Boeing’s retention of their firm is contingent on such highly questionable behavior on Boeing’s behalf that occurred in my case. It would be nice if my case was the last that used such “who you know” and “how much money do you have” favor to circumvent the wheels of justice.
Even though incredible amounts of pressure were brought to bear on Dan Satterberg by Boeing in order to get him to do the wrong thing doesn’t mean he should have succumbed to that pressure and did the wrong thing, as he did.
No doubt I would have willingly submitted to trial for any tiny “jaywalking” type law I might have conceivably broken if Boeing’s white collar criminals were also tried just as heartily for the serious and systemic crimes they are and were involved in that have cost lives and weakened our national security in the name of “maximizing profitability.” Such would be a small sacrifice to give and a “price to pay” in order to achieve real justice for the many people and citizens harmed by Boeing so grievously. I would have been honored to be tried by a prosecutor’s office with anywhere near such minimal ethics. However, the stacked and totally unfair trial Dan Satterberg subjected me to while turning a blind eye to the real white collar crimes at Boeing that the Complex Fraud unit was obviously the perfectly named unit to try cannot, and should not, be forgiven. Voters should not let themselves be bamboozled again by the campaign favors Dan Satterberg has accepted from companies that have committed far more serious crimes against justice than I was even unfairly accused of.
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