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Saturday, August 4, 2007

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More Libby

Sunday, July 8, 2007

When President Bush commuted I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s jail time this past week, many from both the Left and Right voiced strong objections. On the one hand, Liberals took the position that this action was an abuse of power and done only to keep a Bush insider quiet. Those on the Right meanwhile did not think the President should have granted anything less than a full pardon. In fact President Bush took the correct course of action. Mr. Libby is guilty of a crime, but the penalty was excessive.

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Presidential Pardon Authority

Saturday, July 7, 2007

What part of Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution don’t you understand?

The President shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the United States; he may require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the executive departments, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices, and he shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.[Emphasis Mine]

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The Libby Pardon

Monday, July 2, 2007

President Bush did not pardon Lewis “Scooter” Libby today. He did commute his jail sentence, but let stand the $250,000 fine and the 2 years of supervised release (probation) imposed by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. This after the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit refused to allow Mr. Libby to remain free on Bail pending his Appeal Hearing before the Court.

“Scooter” was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice and would have had to start serving 2 and 1/2 years Jail Time if the President had not intervened. The President issued a statement (Statement by the President On Executive Clemency for Lewis Libby ) which contain the following.

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Hispanic Voters

Sunday, July 1, 2007

With the recent defeat in Congress of the Immigration Reform Bill, how will the Hispanic voters react? The Hispanic population has traditionally supported Democrats over Republicans and they represent the largest group of illegal aliens. George Bush did receive about 40% of this minority in 2004, but the 2006 mid-term elections showed only 25% of the 8.6 Million Hispanic Eligible Voters in the Republican Column.

According to several reports since the Immigration Bill was defeated, speculation was high that the Republicans would take a bigger hit from the Hispanic Voters than the Democrats. In fact the most often repeated opinion was that the Democrats would make large gains among the Hispanic population.

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Supreme Court will hear Guantanamo Bay Challenge

Friday, June 29, 2007

Today (June 29, 2007) the Supreme Court announced that during its next term starting in October 2007, the Court will consider the legal rights of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. The question of “standing” will determine the legal processes available to detainees and under what terms the prisoners are to be held and/or brought to trial. What legal rights do they have? Are they covered by the Geneva Convention Treaty and if so under which parts? Are they subject to Military or Civilian Justice. Are they Spies, Enemy Combatants, Criminals or ??? Do we need a new or amended “Terrorist” classification of detainees to properly describe a class that was not conceived when some of the legal processes were written?

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