Thursday, March 08, 2007

Libby and American Jurisprudence Over the Years

Salem Witch Trials
(May–October 1692) American colonial persecutions for witchcraft. In the town of Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony, several young girls, stimulated by supernatural tales told by a West Indian slave, claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused three women of witchcraft. Under pressure, the accused women named others in false confessions. Encouraged by the clergy, a special civil court was convened with three judges, including Samuel Sewall, to conduct the trials. They resulted in the conviction and hanging of 19 "witches" and the imprisonment of nearly 150 others. As public zeal abated, the trials were stopped and then condemned. The colonial legislature later annulled the convictions.” Encyclopedia Britannica

“The "Scopes Trial" (Scopes v. State, 152 Tenn. 424, 278 S.W. 57 (Tenn. 1925), often called the "Scopes Monkey Trial") pitted lawyers William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow against each other (the latter representing teacher John T. Scopes) in an American legal case that tested a law passed on March 13, 1925, which forbade the teaching, in any state-funded educational establishment in Tennessee, of "any theory that denies the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals." Wikipedia
Scopes was found guilty.

Kelly Michaels Case
“Kelly Michaels worked at a day care center in New Jersey. On a visit to a doctor’s office one day, one of the children at the center said, as his temperature was being taken rectally, “that’s what my teacher does.” Soon the boy's teacher, Kelly Michaels, found herself the subject of a criminal investigation.

Investigators repeatedly interviewed three and four-year-olds, suggesting through their graphic and disturbing questions that the children had been sexually molested. The suggestions finally worked: children who initially denied that they were abused in any way finally said that they had been. Children try hard to find answers that please adults. One child said that Michaels “made us eat boiled babies,” another said that “she put a sword in my rectum,” and a third said that she “played piano naked.”

Kelly Michaels was charged with sexually abusing twenty children. Parents wearing “Believe the Children” buttons packed the courtroom for the trial. Journalists played the new daycare horror story for all it was worth. A jury convicted Michaels. She spent the next seven years of her life in prison.
The trouble was Kelly Michaels was 100% innocent.”

O.J. Simpson Trial
Simpson is known for having been charged with the murder of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1994. He was acquitted in criminal court in 1995 after a lengthy, highly publicized trial (often called the "Trial of the Century"). In 1997, Simpson was found liable for their deaths in civil court, but never paid the judgment.
His acquittal is largely attributed to the possibility that one of the detectives involved may have used the term, "nigger", at some point

The Scooter Libby Trial
Scooter Libby was found guilty by a Washington, DC jury of lying about when and from whom he first learned of the name of the wife of Joseph Wilson. Knowing and/or revealing her name was not illegal, and the prosecutor knew from the start who had first revealed her name and connection – an Alice-in-Wonderland episode that makes one look outside to see if up is still up, and down is still down. This is the same Joseph Wilson that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, after investigating and hearing testimony under oath, concluded that Wilson had lied in his public pronouncements on the yellowcake dispute, and that Saddam Hussein had, in fact, attempted to purchase yellowcake from Niger, as the British report cited by Bush had originally said. The 9/11 Commission also debunked Wilson’s public claims.

The whole Wilson-Plame affair and the just-ended Scooter Libby trial is a sad attempt on the part of liberal Democrats to punish those who helped expose their heroes, Wilson, Plame and also Richard Clark for the liars and scoundrels that they are. It is one thing to disagree with a President’s policy; it is quite another to scheme to undermine it.

Yesterday the liberal Washington Post had this to say: (Excepts)

“The Libby case never reached the level of those scandals, of course, but it became a proxy for many in Washington eager to re-litigate the origins of the Iraq war. If Libby lied about his role in the CIA leak case, critics eagerly used that to reinforce their argument that Bush led the nation to war on false pretenses, in effect attacking the centerpiece of his presidency….

While the White House publicly withheld comment, some Bush advisers expressed outrage, seeing a double standard and citing the documents-smuggling case of former Clinton national security adviser Samuel R. Berger. "Scooter didn't do anything," said former Cheney counselor Mary Matalin. "And his personal record and service are impeccable. How do you make sense of a system where a security principal admits to stuffing classified docs in his pants and says, 'I'm sorry,' and a guy who is rebutting a demonstrable partisan liar is going through this madness?"”

And more from the Washington Post:

“The fall of this skilled and long-respected public servant is particularly sobering because it arose from a Washington scandal remarkable for its lack of substance. It was propelled not by actual wrongdoing but by inflated and frequently false claims, and by the aggressive and occasionally reckless response of senior Bush administration officials -- culminating in Mr. Libby's perjury.

Mr. Wilson was embraced by many because he was early in publicly charging that the Bush administration had "twisted," if not invented, facts in making the case for war against Iraq. In conversations with journalists or in a July 6, 2003, op-ed, he claimed to have debunked evidence that Iraq was seeking uranium from Niger; suggested that he had been dispatched by Mr. Cheney to look into the matter; and alleged that his report had circulated at the highest levels of the administration.

A bipartisan investigation by the Senate intelligence committee subsequently established that all of these claims were false -- and that Mr. Wilson was recommended for the Niger trip by Ms. Plame, his wife.

When this fact, along with Ms. Plame's name, was disclosed in a column by Robert D. Novak, Mr. Wilson advanced yet another sensational charge: that his wife was a covert CIA operative and that senior White House officials had orchestrated the leak of her name to destroy her career and thus punish Mr. Wilson.

The partisan furor over this allegation led to the appointment of special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald. Yet after two years of investigation, Mr. Fitzgerald charged no one with a crime for leaking Ms. Plame's name. In fact, he learned early on that Mr. Novak's primary source was former deputy secretary of state Richard L. Armitage, an unlikely tool of the White House. The trial has provided convincing evidence that there was no conspiracy to punish Mr. Wilson by leaking Ms. Plame's identity -- and no evidence that she was, in fact, covert

It would have been sensible for Mr. Fitzgerald to end his investigation after learning about Mr. Armitage. Instead, like many Washington special prosecutors before him, he pressed on, pursuing every tangent in the case.”

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At 6:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that the President has to step in right now and do some damage control and pardon Mr. Libby. The Liberal trouble makers in this country can try to make hay out of it anyway they want, but one can not refute the fact that a free Louis Libby poses more of a threat to this country, than a Mark Rich pardon initiated by Bill Clinton.

At 4:47 AM, Blogger Ronbo said...

Excellent article as usual, Russ.

I've done a couple of articles on this injustice as well.

I see it as a pattern of Leftist hardball politics that dates from the Watergate era with the objective of using the federal justice system to impose a Leftist dictatorship on the USA.

Fitzgerald is a traitor who is the poster boy for Radical Republican justice of made famous in 1865.

American Traitor Of The Week


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