March 29, 2016

TITLES OF NOBILITY:

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I’d cut Ron some slack here if he were talking about prosecutorial judgment, but he keeps saying “legally.” Legally, it doesn’t matter whether you’re running for President, dogcatcher, or nothing. But in a world where TV talk-show hosts like David Gregory get special dispensation, it’s easy to see why Beltway denizens don’t get that.

UPDATE: Actually, I was too charitable to Ron. Here’s what the U.S. Attorney’s Manual says:

The attorney for the government should commence or recommend Federal prosecution if he/she believes that the person’s conduct constitutes a Federal offense and that the admissible evidence will probably be sufficient to obtain and sustain a conviction ….

But wait, there’s more:

In determining whether to commence or recommend prosecution or take other action against a person, the attorney for the government should not be influenced by: The person’s race, religion, sex, national origin, or political association, activities or beliefs ….

So actually, declining to prosecute Hillary because she’s running for President would be an abuse of discretion. But follow the link to see the people who are trying to argue otherwise.

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