posted on Jul, 15 2007 @ 02:54 AM
Honestly, I wouldn't pardon anyone either. I think that if they were found guilty of a crime by a jury of their peers, then they were guilty. I
believe that our justice system is stable enough that people can decide the innocence or guilt of another citizen.
Now, onto what I think could be done to make the system better...
I think there need to be stricter guidelines for whom the president can pardon, and for what. He/She has way too much leniency as to what they can
pardon for. It's practically whatever they want. If I were able to change the system, I'd make the President have to stand in front of a jury of his
electors, and describe, in great detail, why he/she's doing what they are. If, after all of the debate has been done, those presiding over the
hearing decide that the person being nominated for the pardoning need to serve time, then the president should be mandated to comply to the wishes of
My biggest problem with the whole pardoning thing was with Scooter. He was found guilty of obstruction of justice for leaking the name of a secret
agent working for the government. That, by definition, is treason. At the very least, he should have served time for his actions. At most, he could
have been killed. Instead however, the good president coddled this man, and allowed him to walk free. The only reason he got away with this, perjury,
and 3 other charges was because the president let him off the hook. If some average Joe did this, they'd be labeled a threat to our nation, accused
of being a terrorist, and locked up for the rest of their lives, and the President wouldn't even lose a wink of sleep because of it. I'd go so far
as to wager that he wouldn't pardon anyone else for the same crimes.
Without getting any hotter under the collar than I am, I just want to say that criminal negligence has taken a whole new plateau here. The president
has just allowed a criminal that jeopardized the lives of a US undercover agent, and anyone they were involved with, to walk free, and for no other
reason than he thought that the sentence was too excessive. Well, it could have been worse, much worse.
It's truly a shame that this kind of behavior is allowed, and even supported, when it's very criminal.