Saturday, November 17, 2007

If Barry Bonds Receives a Prison Sentence, Will Bush Commute It?

You remember, don't you? "Scooter" Libby gets a sentence of 30 months in prison, and Bush commutes his sentence. Remember also that Libby was charged with five counts of perjury, obstruction of justice, and making false statements, with regard to the Valerie Plame "outing."

Let's now consider Barry Bonds. He has been indicted on four counts of perjury and one of obstruction of justice for his testimony about his use of steroids. Sounds familiar? Sure.

And after all, yesterday Bush spokesman Tony Fratto said,
"The president is very disappointed to hear this. As this case is now in the criminal justice system, we will refrain from any further specific comments about it. But clearly this is a sad day for baseball.”
Yes, so if we are to heal, should Bush commute any sentence? Well, here are the differences:
  1. Bonds is not a crony of Bush
  2. Most people feel he's arrogant and dislike him. Even in the SF Bay Area, they feel he's arrogant, though some still like him.
  3. Neither side, liberal or conservative is going to be shouting for a pardon or commutation.
Really, this whole piece has been tongue-in-cheek, as despite my attempts at humor there's no chance Bush isn't going to commute Bonds' sentence. But it does bring up a good question: why exactly was it right to commute Libby's sentence?

3 comments:

jon said...

this whole article was real weak.

Tired of the whole mess said...

Oh yes Justice is a live and well in the good old USA. However you must understand that their are several different form of JUSTICE. For instance Politicians have a form of justice in that they all carry a get out of jail free card!! Also their cronies will shovel shit all day long to cover for their buddies not matter which side of the isle they come from!! What was that thing in the ancient Doc "and justice fo all"

Tired of the whole mess said...

Gordon Oh yes justice is alive and well in the USA!! Although everyone knows that Politicians are SPECIAL they don"t have the same requirement by the law as the average citizen. According to their standard the always can play the get out of Jail Free Card. They are all dirty and will shovel all day long to cover for their cronies!!