No Justice, Just Peace–for the law-breakers, that is

Did we ever really think it would turn out any other way?  Bob, did you go to Mukasey’s speech yesterday?  If so, did you boo and hiss? 

And do you think now is a good time for Congress to start issuing contempt citations–beginning with the big Turd Blossom himself?????

I mean, really.  They broke the law.  They admitted it.  They completely broke the Justice Department.  They utterly politicized it, turned it into an arm of the White House’s political operations, and didn’t give a shit how many federal statutes they violated in the process. And, oh, by the way, most of these people were LAWYERS.  Was the irony lost on anyone at the Ritz-Carlton that this bad news was delivered to the one organization that nominally holds the only policing mechanism left once criminal prosecution is ruled out?  I mean, there is still talk that Monica Goodling could be disbarred–but that would be up to her local bar association, of course . . .

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9 Responses to No Justice, Just Peace–for the law-breakers, that is

  1. laurabethnielsen says:

    I heard this on the news today (big driving day – lots of NPR) and wondered if Krispie went too. Bob?

    So what’s up? How can they admit to illegal employment practices and just be all, “Oh, sorry.” I guess it is kind of par for the gourse in employment discrimination, though. companies get away with it all the time. But when they admit it there is usually some repurcussion. Sheesh. How many days til these bufoons are not running the country?

  2. gradmommy says:

    This was my favorite line fro today’s NYT Editorial: “Mr. Mukasey told the American Bar Association that he did not see any crimes to prosecute. “Not every wrong, or even every violation of the law, is a crime,” he said. I’m not a lawyer – can someone tell me under what circumstances this is true, where violation of law does not equal crime?

  3. laurabethnielsen says:

    in answer to your question gradmommy: (1) no or (2) when a rich person does it.

  4. robertlnelson says:

    In fact I was in the front row waiting to get the giant check for the ABF from the ABE. The way this event unfolds is that the AG is a special guest, there is an honor delegation from the ABA that escorts him to the podium, I do not think anyone has an idea what he is going to say, he has several FBI agents standing security guard for him, he speaks for 20 minutes, he gets applause at all the autonomy of law points, after the speech he leaves immediately with no opportunity for questions. Many of the folks in the audience have the same questions you all do, but no one gets a chance to ask them. And, in fact, the actual authority to discipline is all at the state level, controlled by state supreme courts.

    I was a bit surprised he actually addressed real controversies before the audience. Having done so, it was an amazing set of contradictions.

    So, that’s the short report. I imagine many people were booing and hissing inside, but you treat a guest with courtesy. The words are there for the record to be analyzed and rejected.

  5. gradmommy says:

    that’s what i thought. just checkin’.

  6. robertlnelson says:

    Colbert just did a nice riff on this. “Not every violation of the law is a crime.” Technically the AG is right, but it is amazing that DOJ has sunk so low, in behavior and in speechwriting.

  7. vickywoeste says:

    I thought Colbert went for the easy laugh last night–for him–but he did make big fun of the “not every violation can be prosecuted” logic.

    By the way, am I the only one who can’t see people’s avitars now? Once they fixed my ability to comment, the avitars disappeared. Hmmmmm . . . .

  8. jeffaregularworkinglawyer says:

    As a regular working lawyer, ABA member, and plain old citizen, I haven’t commented because I just can’t think of anything to say. Monica Goodling’s antics are bad enough, but it certainly seems like the prosecutions of Don Siegelman, Georgia Thompson, and others were politically motivated. I think most lawyers are too shell shocked to react.

    Here’s a link to an article about the Thompson case.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/16/opinion/16mon4.html

    It’ll be interesting to see who Mr. Bush pardons before he leaves office.

  9. laurabethnielsen says:

    That’s the beuty of hissing — no one knows it is you — Boalt Hall has a long tradition of it.

    And, in the list of criminals in this administration, he is low on the list — let’s see Cheney, Yoo, Gonzalez,

    If I could figure out how to make a poll on this site (David?) I would take a poll of which official youwould most like to see prosecuted.

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