Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Too ill to stand trial?

I see a Pinochet too-ill-to-stand-trial defense in the making: Cheney In Wheelchair For Inauguration Huffington Post 01/19/09. Yeah, the poor man is practically an invalid.


In other news, Bush isn't going to pardon Scooter Libby. As I understand it, a pardon would make it difficult if not impossible to refuse to testify on Fifth Amendment grounds against self-incrimination in other trials or Congressional investigations. But since Bush only commuted his sentence (just after her was convicted), he can still take the Fifth in upcoming trials on matters touching the Plame case. An honest administration might make available previously-secret material that would allow further prosecutions in the Plame case. I mean, unless the wheelchair guy is too ill to go to trial.

In a final kiss-kiss to the Ron Paul crowd, Bush is extending his Christian compassion to a couple of heroes of the white supremacists and xenophobes. Dave Neiwert has the story in Bush's Last Day: A commutation to please the nativist wingnuts of the GOP Crooks and Liars 01/19/09. Dave notes, "the Greater Wingnuttia is ecstatic."

But there is some good news. News getting better by the minute, actually:

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