Neutering the Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Pardon Card
If I plan a robbery to slip into a bank, hand the teller a demand note and had put this plan in my diary (or email), then, when I head to the bank and then find out that they didn’t have money in the cash drawer, this is still a crime. Highly unprofitable, but a crime nonetheless. If a pervert sets a sex rendezvous in motion with a minor (even if they aren’t a beauty contest contestant), that’s a crime. And, as we have seen, the arrest occurs before they ever meet eyes with the intended victim. I recall a TV series that had this format…..
So, one of the obvious differences here is that the Russians DELIVERED on their promise to dump private Hillary campaign information onto the election stage and meddle with the election. I could easily call this collusion, or a conspiracy. Certainly a criminal act--it seems to me. Actually it may involve the Logan Act (1 Stat. 613, 18 U.S.C. § 953, enacted January 30, 1799).
An important key to this Russia collusion investigation will be to detect the peripheral crimes as well as the primary ones. Given the subjects involved, that is a definite possibility. In order to give everyone a fair taste of justice, I am interested in non-federal crimes as much as, if not more than, the federal ones. The goofball-in-chief can only pardon federal crimes. He is a big proponent of ‘fairness,’ so he would have us believe.
I would like to see the investigation refer other matters that violate state and local laws to the appropriate prosecutors. We want to be sure that justice is doled fairly out at all levels of government. To do anything else would be, as Donald likes to whine, “UNFAIR.”
I am not an attorney, but I am an optimist. In the end, even if Donald manages to pardon his whole family, that will tie a can on their tails that they will have to drag around for the rest of their lives, and rightly so. And so much for the “Trump brand.” But even better yet, if appropriate, a few non-pardonable convictions would be poetic justice. OJ’s memorabilia theft/kidnapping conviction was the only consolation prize that the public got for his getting away with double murder. But we can certainly do better than that with these klutzes.
While we are brainstorming, I’d love to see “To Catch a Predator’s” Chris Hansen show up in the audience at some of the congressional hearings that are coming.
What suggestions do YOU have?