High Life For A Low Life

Sep 23, 2019 by

I would nominate Geoffrey Girnum, a university-level teacher and researcher, as a candidate to receive “cruel and unusual punishment” were it not proscribed by the Constitution. If the allegations against him prove true, he is almost too tainted morally to be protected by the rule of law. 

If guilty as charged, he should be in a prison cell with just enough room to stretch out his arms to touch the walls, with an inch sufficient between the top of his head and the ceiling.

Let there be light, but just the fainest glimmer.

Of course I’m not really a sadist and this fantasy is just letting off steam because of the pressure of indignation.

As a white-collar criminal, there’s little risk of Girnun’s lifestyle being impeded. That’s the case with the Sackler family also.  If convicted, Girnun faces 20 years in jail, but that’ll never happen because his social, economic and professional status will shield him from the wrath of the law and community standards. He’ll probably get a sentence like Felicity Huffman’s.

Who is this rogue called Girnun and what did he allegedly do?

He is a cancer researcher at Stony Brook University’s medical school who is being federally charged with money-laundering, wire fraud and stealing many hundreds of thousands of dollars from the National Institutes of Health and grants from the state and foundations. He allegedly diverted those funds to subside his favorite charity: mansion building for himself.

To give you an idea what his stately home is worth, it was valued at around $600,000 almost sixty years ago.  Upgrading it is his most cherished priority, it seems.

Certainly more so than cancer research.

Prosecutors claim that Professor Girnun submitted phony invoices from bogus companies ostensibly in support of his cancer-fighting work, demanded payment for fictional transactions and siphoned huge sums of loot into his personal bank accounts.

Let’s not jump on the professor.  His defense lawyer, as a conscientious hireling, would never say what he didn’t sincerely believe He thinks his client is a “renowned and respected” person who innocently went to sleep the previous night without the expectation of being arrested when he woke up the next morning.

And now, the professor must surrender his gun and passport. Ah, how the mighty have fallen!

We live in a nation where infants must panhandle in shopping centers for nickels and dimes to pay for medical research while this lout, an alleged traitor to decency, engorges himself on the trappings of opulence.

In the war against cancer, how can Professor Girnun be described?  Not a deserter.  Not a conscientious objector.  A passive killer?

He didn’t kill anybody directly but perhaps had the money he allegedly stole been used for the purpose to which it was dedicated, maybe some folks whom the disease is destined to murder might have escaped with their lives.

The entire public’s voices belong as part of a “victim’s impact statement” .

If Professor Girnun is guilty, then he will have failed the clinical trial we call “service to humanity”. And to those who still sing his praises and would recommend him to be head of the department of pathology, I say, “Sure, give him the Chair!”

A stage 4 crook.

Ron Isaac

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