Well, maybe there’s a statute of limitations so Geraldo Rivera is free and clear on his 1972 ambush interview at New York’s Willowbrook institution, where people we would now define as living with special needs were warehoused in appalling conditions.
At about 3:15 of the video, Rivera says that he and his camera crew showed up at Willowbrook “unannounced and unexpected by the school administration.”
Ambushes and “stings” used to be seen as harsh but important exercises of freedom of the press, necessary checks on the power of the state and special interests.
Now comes the news that a Grand Jury in Houston will let the District Attorney bring legal action against those who stung a powerful, state entangled interest group. The DA is going after videographers who exposed Planned Parenthood’s flippant money making on body parts from aborted people harvested for “research.” David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt could face up to 2o years in prison for “tampering with a governmental record,” apparently based upon fake or altered drivers’ licenses they used to gain entrance and interview the abortionists and profiteers.
It’s as if the Willowbrook Institution were shielded from reforming its treatment of people with special needs by having Geraldo Rivera indicted for trespassing.
Evil like this is not new. In the time when God allowed Babylon to conquer corrupt Jerusalem, the Prophet Habakkuk announced,
So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted. (Habakkuk 1:4 ESV)
The institutions become more corrupt as they grow in power. And a state and it’s funded interest groups are at a zenith of power and nadir of corruption when they assert their authority over life and death, punishing all who question their pretension to divinity.