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Take the Commute

July 2nd, 2007 | by Jersey McJones |

I used to commute up and down the NJ TRPK, the Path, the Parkway… Still, this “commute” seems a little easier… Like a Scooter on a short trip.

I guess Libby can afford a quarter mil and a couple of years of probation. I guess Bush could afford no less.


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  1. 2 Responses to “Take the Commute”

  2. By Craig R. Harmon on Jul 3, 2007 | Reply

    You think he can afford 1/4 million? How about Sandy Berger’s mere $50k for ripping off classified documents? Is what Scooter did really five times worse than what Sandy did in the scheme of things?

    Don’t get me wrong. I think both were wrong and I don’t approve of Scooter’s commutation for reasons I’ve explained elsewhere. I’m just saying that if Scooter deserves 30 months in prison, how long did Sandy deserve? How long did Bill Clinton deserve for essentially the exact same crime that Scooter committed? How long did Marc Rich deserve to serve in prison? Surely longer than zero time.

    I am, more and more, coming to think that the executive authority to commute sentences or wipe out a conviction or indictment altogether is too much authority, or, at least, that it is too often utilized for purely political and (for the executive officer doing the pardoning) personal gain and too often stinks of quid pro quo.

    There may be, in fact, commutations or pardons that are clearly defensible and, in cases where the justice system has obviously failed and then failed to correct its injustice, executive pardons, etc., are a good thing. It is a power that has come to reek of political influencing and, at least to this citizen, has come to be pretty much universally despised.

  3. By Jersey McJones on Jul 3, 2007 | Reply

    Equivications aside, and Marc Rich aside as well, I agree that executive pardons and commutations deserve a second look.  The question now would be what are the metrics?  That often ends badly…  I’d ratther we look at this in the future than now.  People don’t seem very bright these days. 


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