"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Clinton for the Defense

Doug Berman doesn't seem too surprised that Bill Clinton is a lying hypocrite, even if he is disappointed that ol' Bill did not act on his pro-criminal favoritism while President:

TalkLeft's Jeralyn Merritt reports here that she attended a 2-hour roundtable meeting of progressive, Democrat bloggers convened by former President Bill Clinton. She also provides this report for folks interested in criminal justice:

Criminal defense lawyers take note: He's far better on our issues than we thought while he was President, from mandatory minimums, to drug courts to restoring the right to vote to former offenders. I'm totally impressed.

I totally disappointed. If Clinton was really good on these issues, how he governed and influenced criminal justice issues during his reign would have -- and should have --- been a whole lot different.

Although I agree that Clinton obviously would act on his convictions only when convenient, it's not entirely true that he didn't help out his criminal buddies: he did grant a staggering 140 pardons on his way out the door in 2001, including to a cocaine trafficker; Susan McDougal, jailed for refusing to testify about Clinton's Whitewater role; and his own brother. Worse, Clinton pardoned convicted FALN terrorists in 1999, over the protests of the US Attorney, the FBI, victims groups, and despite the overwhelming condemnation of Congress. I don't suppose Bin Laden and his crew, who were actively plotting to take down the World Trade Centers at the time, failed to note this particular pardon.

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