Friday, July 06, 2007

Criminal "Just-Us"

President Bush reduced Lewis "Scooter" Libby,s "excessive" 30-month prison sentence to an impressively short sentence of zero days (probably for being a good boot-licker). After all, we are reminded by the media that he is a fine Republican American, a great father and a Christian too.

However, Bush kept in place the $250,000 fine (with a special $400 special acessment) which were both paid in a matter of 3 1/2 days. I really wonder if he had to do something painful like cash out his rainy day fund (built-up over the course of 15 years by defending organized crime figure and billionaire Marc Rich) or something like selling a portion of his KBR stocks. God forbid that he had to take out a mortgage on his home.

Will he ever visit a probation officer's office ever??? Nah. District Judge Reggie Walton, who was appointed by President Bush, already said that federal law "does not appear to contemplate a situation in which a defendant may be placed under supervised release without first completing a term of incarceration." I'm sure he won't have to submit to a DNA sample, give piss-test samples, stay within a 50 mile radius or his home, be under house arrest when not at work, wear a GPS tracker, give up his right to vote, own a gun or anything harsh like that. Perhaps he won't qualify for a security clearance for his next job. Not. You won't see anything like this for Scooter.

And the last piece - the record will show the fact that Libby lied under oath in connection with an investigation into the leak of Valerie Plame’s identity as a CIA agent. That record be gone in January 2009. Bush will simply wave his pardon wand as he leaves office, maybe even sooner. Maybe parts or whole sections of his Wikipedia "coatrack" article will disappear too. I know of other Republican crooks that have managed to do this already.

What is the point of prosecuting any of these crooks if an unfavorable decision will simply be annulled by proclamation? As you can see, criminal "Just-Us" is special version of the law reserved for a special few, not even for the likes of Paris Hilton.

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