Monday, July 02, 2007

Lying to the Feds: Don't Try This at Home

I'm not a lawyer, but I wouldn't advise those of you in the provinces to try lying to employees of the U.S. Justice Department, or a federal grand jury. In Washington, you might get away with it, if you have the right connections. The AP has the story:
WASHINGTON -- President Bush commuted the sentence of former aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Monday, sparing him from a 2 1/2-year prison term in the CIA leak case.
And for those who think Scooter Libby is a nice guy caught up in a tight spot, remember he was the chief of staff for a previously undiscovered (or perhaps undisclosed) branch of government that systematically showed contempt for the niceties of checks and balances, even when it came to other Bush appointees.
If you haven't read it yet, I recommend last week's Washington Post series on Dick Cheney, with the caveat that you not read it immediately following a meal.

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