Tuesday, July 03, 2007


Crime and No Punishment

There's a lot of fuss over the commutation of I. Lewis Libby's 30-month sentence in federal prison. We can ignore the bloggers (except me, of course) who excitedly denounce the commutation. We can ignore the movement conservatives who hail the President's action as an example of his compassion. What interests me particularly is the outrage of the prosecutor, Mr. Fitzgerald. It sounds to me as though he had a deal with Libby. In exchange for not serving time in prison, Libby would talk to the prosecutor about many nefarious and illegal things that have been done during the last seven years by high-ranking officials of the administration.

Now Libby doesn't have to go to prison. The prosecutor knows that he has no incentive to talk. The illegalities of the Bush administration are safe from disclosure and punishment.

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