The president has already signed off on the pardon, which is something he has been considering for several months, sources told ABC News.
President Bush’s decision to extend executive clemency to Scooter Libby is a sensible way to resolve what has been one of the most dangerous prosecutions in recent memory.
The job of a prosecutor is to obtain convictions for crimes committed, not to manufacture them and then send people to prison. The most recent “celebrity” example of the latter is the Duke lacrosse case, and mercifully Mike Nifong is finding out the hard way that this isn’t the way to obtain convictions.
Things like this make the Fifth Amendment a dead letter. Won’t cooperate? Obstruction of justice. Have a slip of memory? Perjury.
Although executive clemency was a sensible solution, pardoning him is the best. But George Bush was too anal for a pardon; that same anality got us the quest for “democracy in the Middle East” with even worse consequences.
Today once again we’re in a “moral crusade/throw them in jail” mode. The last time our country had a nervous breakdown we went through Watergate, and what was best solved through political action ended up being a legal and media circus. That engendered much of the cynicism of the 1970’s. I don’t think this current cycle of Trump derangement is going to end any better, even if the left achieves their political and legal goals in the short term.
Rubbish like this makes living in this country a distasteful business, but alas we are too blind to see it.