CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2008 |
Eleven men pleaded guilty Friday to federal felony charges stemming from a large-scale marijuana farm uncovered in rural northern San Diego County. Defendants face a minimum of 10 years in prison when sentenced in September, prosecutors said. Pleading guilty were Thomas V. Swift, 48, of San Marcos; Kevin D. Kennedy, 48, of Vista; Robert Rocco, 48, of Vista; Steven Zufall, 22, of Oceanside; Rudy Tijerina, 23, of Vista; Lewis Jimenez, 26, of Vista; Jorge Morales, 23, of Ramona; Jose Manuel Rodriguez-Parra, 40, of Fallbrook; Randy Kennedy, 51, of Fallbrook; Glenn Swift, 24, of Valley Center; Gregory Swift, 22, of Valley Center.
October 13, 2006
Re "Lawyer Who Opposed Tribunals Must Retire," Oct. 9 The article about Navy Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift being passed over for promotion is more proof that the Defense Department and the Bush administration reward blind loyalty over competency. What should have been a rewarding career in the Navy has been cut short by Swift's temerity in taking on the administration over its military tribunal procedures, which the Supreme Court found unconstitutional. To convince the justices of his position, let alone even argue before the Supreme Court, attests to his competence and dedication to the rule of law. Apparently, these are attributes unwanted and unappreciated in today's politicized military.