No mercy, but plenty of naps

House Vote Aims To Derail DOJ Processing Of Clemency Petitions, reports NPR.  (“The House of Representatives has voted to prohibit the Justice Department from hiring more attorneys to deal with thousands of backlogged clemency petitions in a bid to block one of the Obama administration’s top criminal justice priorities.”)

This is just another outrage directed at the rule of law by the House of Representatives currently controlled by Republicans. They don’t give a damn about being intellectually honest when it comes to the rule of law, particularly when trashing the rule of law gins up a base consisting largely of nut jobs. Any idiot understands that no system of criminal law is worthy of respect if it lacks the essential component of mercy.

Rep. George Holding, R-N.C., a former U.S. attorney in the administration of President George W. Bush, sponsored the language added to the House bill. Here is the “reasoning”:

Holding said he objected to the DOJ’s new clemency initiative, saying the impetus for it is the administration’s disagreement with drug sentences “handed down by the courts according to the laws written by duly elected representatives.

“This is not, as the Founders intended, an exercise of the power to provide for ‘exceptions in favor of unfortunate guilt,’ but the use of the pardon power to benefit an entire class of offenders,” Holding said in a statement, adding that it amounted to “another example of executive overreach from this administration.”

Holding is the same dumb ass who fell asleep when presiding over the House. That’s when he must have been channeling the Founders’ views on clemency.



PS.  Thanks Vince.

Fountain pens, delicious dishes and being precious in the digital age

Ted Kooser, the former Poet Laureate, lives near Lincoln, Nebraska where I reside.  In today’s local newspaper, he has written a column lamenting the absence of letter writing.  He wishes we would all use the fountain pen more frequently.  It is a wry and very nicely written bit of commentary, and you might even agree with much of it.  It certainly evokes images of a gentler and slower time.

Kooser’s contribution brought to mind National Public Radio.  I don’t know why, but it did. Anyway, I won’t listen to NPR because it is, well, so precious.  In turn, that reminded me of SNL’s lampoon of NPR entitled “Schweddy Balls.”

How does this relate to federal district judges?   As my fountain pen stains my starched white shirt, I am still trying to figure that out.


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