LibbyPardon[1] - Pol. Sci. Assignment 2 - Final Pardon Me:...

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Pol. Sci. Assignment 2 - Final Pardon Me: Hypocrisy at its Best Chief of Staff to the Vice President Lewis “Scooter” Libby should not receive a presidential pardon for the crimes he has been convicted of. I am a firm believer in exceptions to certain rulings because I don’t believe our dear old Justice Department is the most credible, or ‘just’. A crime is a crime. You do the crime, you pay the time. I still have yet to hear one good reason why this man should receive a pardon. No, he was not the only individual involved in the crime, even though he is the only one who has been convicted, but that does not warrant a pardon. In my eyes, all of the people involved in this fiasco should be indicted, Rove, Armitage, Cheney and Bush included. In addition, good ole’ Scoot doesn’t necessarily meet the criteria of eligibility for a pardon: he still maintains his innocence. Presidential pardons go way back in the history of our governmental system. According to our Constitution, the President has the power to “grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment” (which he would probably use to save his own butt). To me, they are just a way for high up officials to say, “you know those laws we say that ALL you citizens must abide by? You know what I’m talking about, those things that we say are the foundation of our nation? Well. ....we’re above them.” I’m not saying that I am totally against the whole notion of a Pardon, especially with the ever-so-efficient Justice system that we have. I’m saying that I do not agree with how this concept is being interpreted and used today in our society. I find its use paradoxical to the purpose of law enforcement. The justice system that we have today favors whites and disadvantages minorities. Case in point, African Americans
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only make up roughly 13 percent of our population, yet they account for almost 50 percent of the incarcerated population. Survey after survey produce the result that minorities are punished more severely for crimes of equal stature that their white counterparts also commit. Something just doesn’t quite add up. I would be in favor of the use of a Presidential pardon to help alleviate some of the negative consequences faced by
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course POLISCI 101 taught by Professor Laraja during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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