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"I like to pick on the New York Times for illiteracy in science reporting. My point isn't to say that the New York Times is the worst offender -- it's not (the London Times is)." Correct - and it is a Murdoch paper...and don't we know it here in the UK!
I think it is worth taking a look at what your president has told you: “I have said throughout this process that it would not be appropriate to comment or intervene in this case until Mr. Libby's appeals have been exhausted.” The appeals process has not been exhausted. Mr. Libby has not told the whole truth; he has failed to lift the cloud over the White House. Despite this your president has reversed himself. In the absence of a credible explanation for reversing himself reasonable people must conclude that he is fearful of what might have been revealed if his former senior official had gone to prison. Your president asserts that: “From the very beginning of the investigation into the leaking of Valerie Plame's name, I made it clear to the White House staff and anyone serving in my administration that I expected full cooperation with the Justice Department. Dozens of White House staff and administration officials dutifully cooperated.” There can be no doubt about Mr. Libby’s behaviour; he has not co-operated fully. He has not been dutiful and he should suffer the consequences, like any other citizen found guilty of a crime by a jury of his peers. Anyone who encourages or assists him to evade his duty to cooperate with the prosecuting authorities quite reasonably attracts suspicion. Your president acknowledges that: “Mr. Fitzgerald is a highly qualified, professional prosecutor who carried out his responsibilities as charged.” And Mr. Fitzgerald, who is a highly qualified and professional prosecutor, has pointed out that the jury in the Libby case discharged its responsibilities fully. Indeed, Mr. Fitzgerald has also pointed out that the judge in the Libby case considered extensive argument from all the parties and then imposed a sentence consistent with the applicable laws of the United States. A president who swears to uphold the laws of the United States is under a duty to do all he can to ensure that: all citizens come before the bar of justice as equals. Your president’s actions make it clear that he does not regard himself as having any such duty. How can such a man be fit to be your president? Your president declares that: “Mr. Libby…was handed a harsh sentence based in part on allegations never presented to the jury.” He does not justify this assertion and it is a claim that flies in the face of his insistence that he respects the verdict of the jury. Unlike the jury and the judge he was not in court to hear the case against Mr. Libby. If your president respected the jury’s verdict but not the judge’s sentence he could have made it clear to Mr. Libby that no pardon would ever be forthcoming. There can be little doubt that your president has no more respect for the jury’s verdict than he does for any other part of the trial of Mr. Libby. A president who will overrule a court to save a former member of his staff from going to prison and keep another in high office, responsible for the administration of justice, despite his unfitness for office, is not a fit person to remain in the office of president.
Toggle Commented Jul 3, 2007 on George Bush Obstructs Justice at The Next Hurrah
The shrub confesses and declares a general challenge to all those who are responsible for the administration of justice in the United States. It is the clearest test of Congress and the Courts.
Toggle Commented Jul 2, 2007 on George Bush Obstructs Justice at The Next Hurrah
'No good options for Bush here. I say he just lets Libby twist in the wind.' If Bush is between a rock and a hard place (and I doubt it causes him any loss of sleep) Libby's situation is harder. Perhaps Libby will finally come to understand that he has a greater loyalty (which is rather more congruent with his own and his family interests) than protecting the bosses. It is an overriding duty for a lawyer: to uphold the the laws of the United States. He is, after all, a servant of the court. I assume that a presidential pardon/get out of jail free card cannot avoid his disbarment. I am amazed that Libby's contempt for the legal process and his profession aren't juxtaposed every time his conviction is mentioned and confirmed.
Toggle Commented Jul 2, 2007 on Inmate 28301-016 at The Next Hurrah