Libby Judge Misses Signal

3 comments April 30th, 2008at 11:10pm Posted by Eli

Dubya was sending a message all right, but not the one Reggie Walton thinks:

When President Bush erased the prison term of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, he reinforced some Americans’ perception that status can affect justice, according to the judge who sentenced Libby.


Walton, whom Bush nominated to the District of Columbia bench, acknowledged Tuesday that Bush’s decision was part of the system, but he also said it fed some people’s notion that justice isn’t equal.


“The downside is there are a lot of people in America who think that justice is determined to a large degree by who you are and that what you have plays a large role in what kind of justice you receive. . . . It is crucial that the American public respect the rule of law, or people won’t follow it.”

That was not the message Dubya sent at all (besides, it’s not like anyone needed him to spell it out for them).  No, his message was that if you break the law on his behalf, he’ll see to it that you’re untouchable.

If it’s not a pardon, it’s the all-purpose handy-dandy shield of Executive Privilege, or State Secrets.  Even if they’re completely groundless, they can be used to drag the congressional investigation process out until the Democrats give up and the public forgets, or until the next president takes office. (Yes, I’m assuming that that will be Congress’s cue to drop all pending investigations – you got a problem with that?)

So if he ever asks you to break the law for him, you should totally do it ‘cuz he’s got your back.  Too bad he’s having trouble getting Congress to help out his telecom buddies…

(h/t Twolf)

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Judiciary,Libby/Plame


  • 1. Cujo359  |  April 30th, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    I think the message was, whatever is good for Bush will happen while he’s in office. Libby could have taken them all with him to jail, and he kept his mouth shut. Now he’s a “made man”.

    We’ll see if the telecomm execs get made. My guess is that they will, since W. will have that power until January, and no one in Washington who can do it has the stones to oppose him.

  • 2. woody  |  May 1st, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Yes, I’m assuming that that will be Congress’s cue to drop all pending investigations – you got a problem with that?

    only that you don’t spread your net widely enough. the next Preznit–he or she–will announce in their inaugural that they don’t want to “look back,” but the nation “needs to look ahead,” and “let by-gones be by-gones.”
    “Ask not what the Bushes have done to you; ask how you can forgive them.”

  • 3. housegreedel  |  May 7th, 2008 at 1:53 am

    I’d surprise and one day, were about We had I even I go back that

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