Thursday, April 02, 2009

Exoneration for the Privileged

That Eric Holder's dropping of charges against former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens seems to many like the right thing to do because it validates process under the law.

I wonder though.... If Steven's case hadn't been in the limelight, if he'd been a regular Joe from your town, if he'd relied upon court appointed counsel....

Let's face it. Jaws dropped when Holder's action was announced. Why? Because it is extraordinarily rare for prosecutors to give up an ill-gotten conviction. Which is why so many innocent people spend so much time in prison.

Holder's commitment to ethical standards in prosecuting need to be applauded, but, more importantly, they need to be applied across the board, not just to Senators.

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