It’s Washington Justice

By now, I’m sure, you’ve heard all about the commutation of the sentence of Scooter Libby by President Bush. Instead of two and a half years in the pokey for obstructing a Justice Department investigation, he’s getting off without jailtime, just a quarter million in fines, as well as a significant legal bill, both of which likely will be paid by friends of Libby and political allies. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) has come out to suggest that history will judge President Bush harshly for his abuse of power, and I suspect over the coming days, the words will only get harsher. I’m sure by week’s end, we’ll be hearing all about how this decision is a violation of lady Justice with a baseball bat.

But it’s all just Washington Justice. Reagan pardoned Weinberger pre-emptively. Clinton pardoned Mark Rich in his last weeks of office. Nixon was pardoned by Ford. It’s Washington Justice.

Pardon those who sin in office, for the American Public cannot abide a politician in jail.

Unless he’s Jim Traficant.

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

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