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Originally posted by Xcathdra
reply to post by slidingdoor
As President he can't be prosecuted while holding office. It does not make him immune to other legal proceedings though. Usually, because of the position, and using history as our guide, the courts have extended the courtesy of allowing just the lawyers to represent the president. However there have been certain issues where the judges said no, and required the President to appear.
It doesnt matter when the "crime" occurred. The President would need to be removed from office before he could be prosecuted for a crime. [color=gold]Congressmen have the same standard at the federal as well as state levels. Its designed to protect them from false lawsuits / accusations etc. If the charge is serious enough, then articles of impeachment can be drawn up and we go from there.
Is an "indictment" the beginning of "prosecution" ?
Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., was indicted Monday on federal charges of racketeering, money-laundering and soliciting more than $400,000 in bribes in connection with years of trying to broker business deals in Africa.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to push this week for Jefferson to be stripped of his seat on the Small Business Committee, according to a leadership aide who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not yet been announced.
"If these charges are proven true, they constitute an egregious and unacceptable abuse of public trust and power," said Pelosi, D-Calif. "Democrats are committed to upholding a high ethical standard and eliminating corruption and unethical behavior from the Congress."
House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio said Jefferson should be expelled from Congress if he is found guilty and refuses to resign.
VERY QUIETLY OBAMA'S CITIZENSHIP CASE REACHES THE SUPREME COURT -- snip -- In a move certain to fuel the debate over Obama's qualifications for the presidency, the group "Americans for Freedom of Information" has Released copies of President Obama's college transcripts from Occidental College -- snip -- The transcript was released by Occidental College in compliance with a court order in a suit brought by the group in the Superior Court of California. The transcript shows that Obama (Soetoro) applied for financial aid and was awarded a fellowship for foreign students from the Fulbright Foundation Scholarship program. To qualify, for the scholarship, a student must claim foreign citizenship. - read link for more -
Originally posted by pointr97
Could you imagine trying to be a process server assigned to that one....
I could just see it now.....'Pizza guy'....'We didn't order a pizza'.....etc.