June 26, 2013
MARC RICH, THE FUGITIVE FINANCIER WHO RECEIVED A LAST-MINUTE PARDON FROM BILL CLINTON (WITH HELP FROM ERIC HOLDER), has died. “Marc Rich’s connections to the rich and powerful not only made him fabulously wealthy but when he was indicted for fraud, racketeering and tax evasion on a grand scale, they helped secure him a pardon from Bill Clinton, hours before the U.S. president left office. . . . Last-minute presidential pardons are not uncommon in the United States, but this one raised a furor. Critics believed the case showed that justice means one thing for ordinary people and another for powerful insiders.” Good thing we don’t have that problem now.