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May 25, 2009

"Allegations of Impropriety Surround Parole Commission"

The title of this post is the headline of this new article from the Washington Post.  Nobody sentenced in federal courts has been subject to the parole system in nearly two decades because parole was formally abolished as part of the Sentencing Reform Act.  Nevertheless, as the Post article details, even a down-sized government agency can be the source of mysery and scandal inside the Beltway.  Here the start of a long article:

Like Washington's most famous tale of intrigue, this one includes the surreptitious entry of an office on a weekend. The incident at the U.S. Parole Commission, a little-noticed corner of the federal government, was certainly no Watergate. But it was one in a string of curious events that have unfolded quietly in recent years at the small but powerful commission.

Memos, e-mails and court records spin a yarn of internal discord that threads together the unauthorized entry, an old murder outside San Francisco, a commissioner's resignation and attempts to win funding to improve a rural highway in Missouri.  Players in the drama include a former special assistant to President George W. Bush, a past member of the Black Panthers -- even a former Justice Department official who oversaw the politically tinged dismissal of nine U.S. attorneys.

The Parole Commission's future has been in question since 1984, when Congress voted to eliminate federal parole and establish formal sentencing guidelines.  The commission still has a multimillion-dollar budget and nearly 80 employees at its headquarters in a nondescript office building in Chevy Chase.  It has survived attempts by lawmakers to eliminate it because it also handles inmates convicted under D.C. law and because some convicts sent away under the old federal system still need to have their cases heard.

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I bet there are allegations of unauthorized use of government telephone to call the person's Momma. This is all lawyer gotcha, political game playing. Somebody wants somebody to resign, and they won't.

Lawyer gotcha is bad faith. It should be sanctioned or criminalized because of the damage it does. It is certainly a lie. The offense is not telephone use, it is being a Bush appointee. So the allegations are pretextual and a form of lying. It should carry the sanctions of perjury.

To be fair, it is done by both sides. The Republicans intensely hated Clinton for raising taxes on the rich. They should have impeached him for that. Instead the nation is put through the wringer and $100's of millions of costs to impeach him for misuse of a word in a deposition.

Besides the wasted money and trauma, what else resulted?


Clinton likely spent 1000's of hours on his defense instead of on the defense of the nation. The Senators, staffs, and lawyers, including Republican political hack prosecutors, should be placed on trial for treason by pernicious lawyer gotcha, then executed.

History will hang them in effigy.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 26, 2009 7:07:05 AM

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