It’s Washington Justice

By now, I’m sure, you’ve heard all about the commutation of the sentence of Scooter Libby by President Bush. Instead of two and a half years in the pokey for obstructing a Justice Department investigation, he’s getting off without jailtime, just a quarter million in fines, as well as a significant legal bill, both of which likely will be paid by friends of Libby and political allies. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) has come out to suggest that history will judge President Bush harshly for his abuse of power, and I suspect over the coming days, the words will only get harsher. I’m sure by week’s end, we’ll be hearing all about how this decision is a violation of lady Justice with a baseball bat.

But it’s all just Washington Justice. Reagan pardoned Weinberger pre-emptively. Clinton pardoned Mark Rich in his last weeks of office. Nixon was pardoned by Ford. It’s Washington Justice.

Pardon those who sin in office, for the American Public cannot abide a politician in jail.

Unless he’s Jim Traficant.

8 Comments so far

  1. Wayan (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 11:37 am

    If only this were Bush’s last weeks in office…

  2. Joseph J. Finn (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 11:45 am

    Can I point out that the one thing that amuses me was that Mark Rich had to pay a 100 million dollar fine before the pardon was granted/completed/whatever the correct term is?

  3. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 11:58 am

    In the scheme of the other things Bush has done, this is child’s play. However, it’s still abuse of power. Libby did something right bad and should serve time. The real benefit to Bush and the other bastards and cronies on his side is that they won’t have to keep paying Libby off to be quiet about the other crimes while he is getting ass raped in the pokey.

    pokey – I guess that’s an appropriate term for a place you get ass raped.

  4. Stacey (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 12:55 pm

    I think he deserved the commutation of the jail sentence. He still is getting quite a punishment even despite the jail time.

    Many think he should be pardoned altogether. I might be in that same camp, but that being such a more drastic measure, I’d need to think on it a bit more.

    Here’s an interesting op-ed that Clinton wrote after his term was up about his pardons:

  5. Ex-Hy Hy (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 12:56 pm


  6. Lisa (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 3:24 pm

    Weinberger was pardoned by Daddy Bush, not Reagan.

  7. dana (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 5:42 pm

    I have one thing to say and I’ve said it in paint:
    “Dick’s Little Scooter”


  8. dana (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 5:44 pm

    I have one thing to say and I’ve said it in paint:
    “Dick’s Little Scooter”


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