In some ways being the Governor's daughter is like living in a glass house but it has its advantages if one developes a skin thick enough to compensate for the fragility and transparency of the walls. Leona has coped with the rough and tumble of political life by building the thickness of the walls of her heart. Brilliant, healthy and comely but small and on the skinny side she thinks she has suffered it all at the hands of the press but she has always been on the politically correct side. Although she is twenty-six she finds herself in her first romantic relationship. The other half of the romantic encounter is in an entirly different situation.
Due process of law has been the great deterrent to tyrannies and despotisms throughout the ages.
Even the Hitlers and Stalins of the world have kept in place a form of due process if only to deceive the innocent and naive and to appear to be at the head of a legitimate government.
The Suspect is a story based upon the new due process of law in the United States wherein a piece of real-estate can be guilty of a crime and become property of the state without the owner having even been charged with a crime or without being convicted. Not only can real-estate be charged and convicted and confiscated but it remains in the hands of the government as guilty until the owner can prove that the property is innocent.
The Suspect is a love story, a story of deceit, mystery and suspense, a story of contemporary America.
As pernicious as the attack on property the greater attack is upon the person which can be initiated for a variety reasons unrelated to property. George Sutherland, a Supreme Court Justice, stated that the rights to life, liberty and property were so closely related as to be one right. To limit one in his right to use and enjoy property is to limit his freedom and his quality of life. The more his right to enjoy property is curtailed the less freedom, and to deprive a person of all property is to ensure his death. Shelter is property whether it is owned or rented. To deprive one of shelter and clothing, another form of property, in bitter winter is to induce death.
Although this story is fiction in novel form it is history in the making. Due process in the tradition of the founding fathers included all criminal law and all civil law. Both classes of law required a common law jury and a common law court. Administrative law is not mentioned and is therefore not among the enumerated powers given to government and is therefore unlawful, illegal and immoral.
In this story administrative law is declared to be civil law which bypasses due process of law guaranteed to all Americans. When a private citizen is found, through due process of law, guilty of violating statue law that is pursuant to constitutional law he is called a criminal. What then is the definition of elected or appointed or hired government officials who violate statue law pursuant to the constitution? The only definition that fits is criminal. Any illegal act performed by any government official as administrative law is acting under the color of law but not according to the law.
Come and visit the real people on both sides of the due process controversy. Search their motives and understand human nature in its quest for the praise and honors of men.
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