Monday, July 09, 2007

Executive Privilege

One of the more absurd criticisms I have seen of President Bush's decision to commute Scooter Libby's sentence is that he only received the commutation because he worked for the Vice President. Eugene Kane has some pet cause waiting for relief and wonders if a sentence commutation for Libby is okay then why not one for a man convicted of sexually molesting a 15-year-old girl when he was 17? Tim Rock has decided to name all of his children "Scooter" in an effort to spare them future incarceration. (I'll just teach my children to obey the law. It's cheaper.) Even Libby's judge is in on the class envy act.

Really, how silly. After all, it's Libby's position in the Administration that put him in the position to get into trouble to begin with.

As for Mr. Kane's argument, how many more column inches has his newspaper devoted to Libby's situation than Genarlow Wilson's? How about OJ Simpson? Has Kane spent as much time discussing Wilson as he has the high bail requirement for Alderman Michael (Jackson) McGee Jr?

Higher profile cases will attract higher attention. Perhaps if there wasn't such a desire in Washington DC and elsewhere to criminalize politics we wouldn't have to worry about the supposed privileges of the politicians who now have to assume the risk of prosecution as part of their duties.

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