Thursday, November 03, 2005

Pardon Me

There are rumors that, if convicted, Scooter Libby may be pardoned by President Bush. Jay Leno has joked about it (doing the old "pardon me" joke--like I have above--that was tired back during Watergate) and now it's in Kausfiles.

I understand why the Framers gave the President the power to pardon (Article II, Section 2, Clause 1). Our chief executive officer should be allowed to overturn wrongs done in extraordinary cases. It's too bad they didn't put an exception in for crimes that further, or even seem to further, the interests of the pardoner.

Otherwise, there's nothing to stop the President from ordering crimes committed, with the understanding if the criminal is caught, he'll be pardoned.

I have no strong opinion on the prosecution of Libby. Regardless, if Libby is convicted, Bush should leave it alone.

7 Comments:

Blogger AnnArborGuy said...

I doubt very much that Bush will pardon Libby. It sounds like Libby lied. (of course he is innocent until proven guilty.) It would not help Bush to pardon him, only connect him with someone who most everyone now thinks is a liar. None of the above exonerates Joe Wilson. Fitzgerald most likely would have let the whole thing drop had he not been in the spotlight. Still, never a good idea to lie to a grand jury.

5:34 AM, November 03, 2005  
Blogger LAGuy said...

Let's not forget Bush senior, once he knew he wasn't coming back, pardoned some of his pals. So why shouldn't Libby hope for a last-second post-election pardon?

7:48 AM, November 03, 2005  
Blogger ColumbusGuy said...

Lawrence Walsh? You've got to be kidding. This is the guy who indicted Friday before the election. Not only was that a proper use of the pardon power, Bush should have had him assassinated.

8:32 AM, November 03, 2005  
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