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     Andre Alexander
                    Death Row - San Quentin, California
   Andre Alexander is a prisoner on California's Death Row. Keep checking back to this page,
where you will see more of Andre's art and writings, and coming soon, information on his case.
    
                            Art By ANDRE
       Click on the link above to see a collection of art by Andre Alexander
    
                                                AN ESSAY BY ANDRE:
            MORAL FORTITUDE OR POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY

The siege of the American people by the impeachment ordeal surrounding President William Jefferson Clinton, seems to have reached an end with the President's acquittal in the Senate.

When the House of Representatives voted for articles of impeachment against the President for perjury and obstruction of justice, a golden opportunity presented itself, for the American people to confront the effects perjury and obstruction of justice by government officials have on the judicial system in.

The House of Representatives should be applauded for trying to give society the opportunity to restore integrity back into the cornerstones of the judicial system, by decreeing a moral standard of conduct for government officials in judicial proceedings. The accolades have been minimal and partisan at best. The majority of society have been upset over the impeachment, suggesting, financial prosperity should take precedents over the integrity of the Constitution and the rule of law. Polls indicate, over 80% of society believe the President is guilty of the acts alleged in the articles of impeachment, while 65% of the people don't want the President removed from office for the acts.

After "13 angry men  from the House of Representatives presented the House case to the Senate, House member Steven Chabot stated: "The question is: Will moral fortitude or political expediency rule the day ?". That is a legitimate question for a nation claiming to be a nation of laws. The import of the question is:

Would the Senate have the moral fortitude to ignore the polls, and require devotion to the Constitution, and the rule of law, which are the cornerstones of the judicial system, or will the Senate allow political expediency, governed by polls "blow away" the Constitution, and further erode the rule of law ?.

Paula Jones is the average American citizen, with a Constitutional Right to a jury trial on her claim against President Clinton for sexual harassment. Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedures, Ms. Jones was entitled to seek and discover evidence that may be helpful to the effective presentation of her claim to the jury.

If President Clinton is guilty of obstruction of justice, as 80% of the American people believe, because he impeded Paula Jones from discovering evidence, the President is also guilty of subverting the rule of law, of violating Ms. Jones' Constitutional Right to a jury trial, and violating the Constitutionally mandated Presidential oath to ".  preserve, protect and defend the Constitution."
If President Clinton committed perjury by giving false and misleading testimony to a Federal Grand Jury, as 80% of the American people believe, the President diminished the integrity of the judicial system

Government officials violating their oath of office, violating the Constitutional Rights of the citizens, and subverting the rule of law, seriously diminish the integrity of the judicial system. This conduct should not be tolerated nor endorsed by any nation bf jaws.

When the House of Representatives took a stand for principal, urging the Senate to let moral fortitude rule over political expediency, be removing the President from office, they made a legitimate request, if they truly believe in the facts of their case, as 80% of the American people do.

Approximately 97 of the one hundred Senators in Congress, believe the President is guilty of the acts alleged in the articles of impeachment. Forty-five of these 97 Senators had the moral fortitude to ignore the polls and vote their conscience, for guilty on the perjury article. Likewise, fifty of the 97 Senators, had the moral fortitude to ignore the polls and vote their conscience, for guilty on the obstruction of justice article.

The remainder of the 97 Senators let political expediency rule the day, by voting "not guilty", despite their belief in the guilt of the President. These Senators carried the message from society. A profound message, with wide ranging implications and ramifications.
 

One of the implications of the message of the people is:

Government officials can, with impunity sanctioned by the people, continue to violate the Constitutional Rights of the poor and weak, by continuing the practice of procuring and presenting false and misleading evidence in judicial proceedings, and impeding the discovery of evidence in judicial proceedings, when sending these people to the "hangman's      noose". This message is inconsistent with the message of those Congressional members, that had the moral fortitude to vote their conscience, and try to restore integrity to the cornerstones of the judicial system.

Sirach 7, verse 6 reads: "Don't set your heart on being a judge, unless you have the strength of character, it takes to put an end to injustice".

So my question to the members of Congress, that had the moral fortitude to ignore the polls and vote their conscience, and their supporters is this: Since your moral fortitude has been ruled over by the political expediency of those members of Congress catering to the moral breakdown of a society, willing to sacrifice the integrity of their judicial institutions for financial prosperity:

do you have enough moral fortitude left to put an end to injustice, by calling for abolition of the Death Penalty? Shouldn't you now be leading the call for abolition of the Death Penalty, since society has clearly sent the message, decreeing a moral standard of conduct that sanctions government officials procuring and presenting false and misleading evidence in judicial proceedings, and impeding the discovery of evidence in judicial proceedings? HELLO ! ! !  WHAT DID YOU SAY???
I CAN'T HEAR YOU! . Surely, you're not going to check your moral fortitude in at the door, on an issue as important as the Death Penalty, for what's politically expedient.

Murder is wrong under any circumstances, State sanction murder or otherwise. Any society that places financial prosperity above the integrity of the cornerstones of its' judicial institutions, clearly lacks the moral integrity to be issuing Death Sentences, Period.

by:  Andre S. Alexander San Quentin Death Row

    

   ORIGINAL PENPAL REQUEST (APRIL 1999):
Greetings; my name is Andre.  I am a 46 year old Black male currently on California's death row.  I am seeking  correspondence  with anyone interested in the exchange of ideas, and who doesn't mind sharing the experiences of life on the outside with me. My  main interest at this point is law,  and pursuit of my liberation.
I also enjoy reading, sports, music, and politics.
                                        Interested persons write to:
                                                               
                                         Mr. Andre Alexander # E75526
                       San Quentin State Prison 5EY26
                           San Quentin California
                                    94974   USA
 
 
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