Monday, July 02, 2007

So Much For Equal Protection

Proving once again that the Republican party only believes in accountability for the other guy, George Bush commuted the sentence of Lewis "Scooter" Libby. Apparently Bush felt the sentence for committing a crime was "too harsh". Hey, don't do the crime if you can't do the time.
While this may mean the felony conviction stands, it does mean that ouside of a $250,000 fine (which probably will come from the legal defense money his corpocratic buddies have been raising for him)and probation, Scooter won't have to face the consequences of his actions. Niice.
As was illustrated in the Paris Hilton case(or the Marc Rich case for that matter), the United States has two sets of laws. One for the rich and/or famous, and another for the rest of us. While we may be expected to follow the letter of the law, the wealthy skate by on their money and political connections.
Just remember this election cycle, when you hear a candidate blather on about "fighting crime" or "justice" or "democracy"what they really are talking about is a set of rules that don't apply to them. Don't believe me? Why hasn't Bush been charged with contempt of Congress for refusing to release subpeonaed material?

6 comments:

Kvatch said...

They lock up first time black drug offenders at rates sometimes 57 times higher than they do for whites, and this Constitution shredding cracker gets off.

With the Republican zeal for incarceration, you'd think they'd keep Libby in jail until he molders. But oh...I forgot...he's one of their own.

Can't have that. F*ckers!

sumo said...

Silly...didn't you know that the president and his buddies get an auto matic pass? Lew...precious...what planet have you been visiting? Do any of these people face consequences? I don't think they know what that word is...

Lew Scannon said...

Kvatch,
They don't get more lily-white than Lewis
Sumo,
Bush was probably hoping Scoot boy would be free through the appeal process where he could get a full pardon at the end of his term.

Lynn@ZelleBlog said...

The sentence was harsh, but its been pointed out that it was in accordance with sentencing guidelines, the norm for obstruction of justice.

Add this one to the list, things to fume about but ultimately, do nothing about.

pissed off patricia said...

I think what bush did was a chicken shit thing to do. Either give the guy a full pardon or leave the case alone. He tried to split the difference and by so doing he pissed off everyone. You can bet the repubs are pissy about this, especially after reading that article yesterday in the Wash. Post telling they were already ticked at bush for the other things he has done.

reality-based educator said...

I think the contempt of Congress charge is coming. Congress wants to tread carefully here and exhaust all other options so the American public (not too bright, as we know) will understand that the bad guys here are the Bushies and their obstructionist allies on the Hill.