Friday, September 19, 2008

The Bush/McCain/Palin contempt for subpoenas and the rule of law

The Bush/McCain/Palin contempt for subpoenas and the rule of law
Friday Sept. 19 - Salon.com

Bill O'Reilly, Wednesday night, calling for the arrest of Gawker's owners and managers:

The website knows the law, and says "you know -- I'm going to do it anyway. I dare you to come get me."

Associated Press today, on Todd Palin's refusal to comply with the Alaska State Senate's subpoena:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's husband has refused to testify in the investigation of his wife's alleged abuse of power, and key lawmakers said Thursday that uncooperative witnesses are effectively sidetracking the probe until after Election Day.

Todd Palin, who participates in state business in person or by e-mail, was among 13 people subpoenaed by the Alaska Legislature. Palin's lawyer sent a letter to the lead investigator saying Palin objected to the probe and would not appear to testify on Friday. . . .

Ignoring a legislative subpoena is punishable by a fine up to $500 and up to six months in jail under Alaska law. But courts are reluctant to intervene in legislative matters and the full Legislature must be in session to bring contempt charges, Wielechowski said. The Legislature is not scheduled to convene until January.

It is illegal in the State of Alaska to fail to comply with legislative subpoenas. But Todd Palin has announced he will do exactly that which the law prohibits for one simple reason -- because nothing can be done about it until after the election, and even then, it's unlikely much will be done to punish him for breaking the law. Sarah Palin has similarly ordered all of her aides to refuse to comply with these subpoenas even though doing so is illegal, because she, too, doubts there will be consequences for this illegal behavior. Or, as Bill O'Reilly put it in his righteous Rule of Law tirade: "I'm going to do it anyway. I dare you to come get me."

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The Bush/McCain/Palin contempt for subpoenas and the rule of law

1 comment:

Mike said...

This should automatically disqualify Gov. Palin from the Vice Presidency. Failure to uphold the rule of law is a hallmark of the Bush administration and I simply don't understand why the media isn't skewering Gov. Palin on the topic.

Thoughts on how we can push this issue?