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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Monday, July 02, 2007

You do the crime, you do the time...

... unless you are an FODC (Friend of Darth Cheney).

The Declarati0n of Scooter-pendence stands in sharp contrast to the rules that apply to other people indicted by grand juries and convicted by juries of their peers. And we won't even get into how it contrasts with the denial of basic American judicial principles such as habeas corpus for accused terrorists.

By unilaterally declaring that Scooter Libby's 30-month sentence for four felony convictions was "excessive," George Bush has once again made a mockery of the justice system. It's just the latest -- and probably least egregious Bush crimes against the Constitution that include illegal wiretapping of American citizens.

But coming from a man who proclaimed his belief in the concept of "do the crime, do the time," this special favor for a crony stings even more. (Forget the fine -- it's pocket change for the Scooter Defense Fund).

It's worth noting that all of the "Law & Order" types -- like phony New York prosecutor Fred "Arthur Branch" Thompson -- are all for sparing poor Scooter.

And I suppose a case could be made for this action if the real criminal behind the outing of a CIA agent for political purposes actually paid for his criminality. But we all know Darth Cheney will walk away scot-free.

And to really put this in perspective: Paris Hilton did more jail time for drunken driving than Scooter Libby did for lying to a grand jury.

George Bush should be ashamed -- if he only knew what shame is. At least he had enough sense not to wait until the 4th of July.

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Blogger The Great One said...

Right on. Agree with you
100 %

July 02, 2007 8:56 PM  

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