Sunday, June 10, 2007

If Only

Via TPM, we get this from the judge in the Scooter Libby trial. This is after a bunch of ReThugs sent letters to the judge imploring him to be kind to the convicted felon Libby.

It is an impressive show of public service when twelve prominent and distinguished current and former law professors of well-respected schools are able to amass their collective wisdom in the course of only several days to provide their legal expertise to the Court on behalf of a criminal defendant.

The Court trusts that this is a reflection of these eminent academics' willingness in the future to step to the plate and provide like assistance in cases involving any of the numerous litigants, both in this Court and throughout the courts of our nation, who lack the financial means to fully and properly articulate the merits of their legal positions even in instances where failure to do so could result in monetary penalties, incarceration, or worse. The Court will certainly not hesitate to call for such assistance from these luminaries, as necessary in the interests of justice and equity, whenever similar questions arise in the cases that come before it.

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Anonymous said...

This is the clearest proof that there is a graduated system of justice in this country with the rich and famous getting the best defense. Paris Hilton is another example of this. She should serve her time and shut up. Along the same lines - she should be given an an additional sentence for not knowing how to give a proper blow job.

Craig Lowery said...

Here's an article about the "graduated system of justice" that has all the elements to be front page news, but Michael Chertoff has enough pull (or is that "suck"?) to have a media blackout on it. Katrina, New Orleans, Osama bin Laden, missing millions of dollars, and dead bodies all over the place. But it won't be front page news in the Washington Post. Check it out.