When Justice is not blind, but totally stoned & demented
I support the executive power to pardon and commute criminal sentences. However it is a power that should be used judiciously, and only to address great failures of the justice system. Scooter Libby's trial is not one such example, in my opinion. I think the reasons are self-evident, so I won't go into them, however I'd like to contrast Libby's sentence with that of Genarlow Wilson. Wilson is in jail serving a 10 year sentence for receiving oral sex from a classmate when they were both 15. Legal age of consent in GA is 16. Both persons have maintained that, in spite of the de jure inability to consent, they engaged in de facto consensual activity. Common sense says that bringing Wilson to trial for "aggravated child molestation" is a waste of money, time, and a perversion of justice. If every High School student who ever lived in GA were to be put in jail for having oral sex at age 15, the courts would be backlogged for decades.
So stupid is the law that Wilson was convicted under, that the General Assembly changed it after he was convicted. He is in the process of appealing, which is met at every turn by strangely obsessive AG Thurbert Baker. Unfortunately in this state, the Governor does not have the power of pardon. But the prosecutor can set aside a verdict.
So what's my point? Justice is important; we are reminded in the book of Micah that God wants us to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God. In Libby's case, justice was not done-at least not entirely. His situation reeks of DC politicking. He was convicted of obstructing justice essentially, by not cooperating properly in the investigation of the leak of the name of Valerie Plame, a CIA agent. In other words, he was convicted of aiding in the leaking secret information. The law and basic responsibility were swept under the rug because hey, he's a good guy right?
Wilson was convicted of doing what many teenagers in America have done, and not because he forced himself on anyone (he was charged with raping another girl but was acquitted of that charge), but because he and another girl his age chose to be intimate. They were both drunk, and he had sexual contact with 2 girls that night. While I certainly don't condone what they did, putting Wilson in jail and using the power of state to keep him there is wrong. Strangely, the girl who performed oral sex on Wilson is the "victim" and not viewed as a willing co-participant.