Friday, July 06, 2007

Dershowitz < Peretz --
Over at the Washington Monthly, Kevin Drum nominates Marty Peretz for worst analysis of the Scooter Libby pardon. Peretz is just the bloggy cliff notes version of the Dershowitz column that he links. And what does the Harvard bigwig have to say?

This sentence made me laugh the most:

The trial judge too acted politically, when he imposed the harshly excessive sentence on Libby, virtually provoking the president into commuting it.

In the world according to Dershowitz, this was supposed involve a lengthy appeal process while Libby was on bail, with George W. Bush doing the obvious and pardoning him during his lame duck period at the end of his term with the appeal not resolved. Apparently, not letting Libby run out the clock with his appeal provoked Bush into pardoning Libby, as if it were the president's only real choice.
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