Guy Gardener wrote:
She said that she could beat a court martial about even a prime directive violation in Counterpoint because all the Admirals that could be judges knew her, and loved her.
Above the fricking law.
I believe this is what's called a "shout out" by the writers. They were aware of the Janeway haters who wanted her court-martialed, so they just anticipated. It seems to me that how they see things working in Hollywood, so they just assume everything is going to be like what they believe, forever, no matter how much other, supposedly superficial things like "technology" changes. There are many people who think "friend" is synonymous with "accomplice."