Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Scooter Libby and American ‘justice’

Today "Scooter" Libby was handed a sentence of two-and-a-half years for ‘lying’ about a ‘crime’ prosecutors couldn’t prove had been committed (‘outing’ CIA employee Valerie Plame) - a crime for which no one was ever charged. Seems a tad unjust.

However, there’s a remedy close at hand. As this NRO editorial concludes:

President Bush should pardon Libby, and do it now.
I have to agree. In general, though, Libby’s case does have a familiar ring to it:

- Martha Stewart convicted of lying to prosecutors in declaring her innocence of a crime (insider trading) for which she was never charged.

- Conrad Black now being pers-, er, prosecuted for a long list of ‘crimes’ for which there is, at best, dubious evidence.

The American justice system seems to be making a mockery of itself. Someone needs to take a closer look at how the special prosecutor does his job.

2 comments:

Cerberus said...

Were you advocating the same treatment for Clinton and his impeachment over a non-crime?

JR said...

Actually, I didn’t ‘advocate’ anything. And there’s little to no comparison with Libby’s case anyway. Clinton, scumbag that he clearly was and later admitted to being, was ‘acquitted’ in an almost entirely political process with the vote splitting along party lines.