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Of Cronies and Kings

recorded 7/5/07

 

1) 2:18 Short Radio Essay Mp3

2) 2:48 Long Radio Essay Mp3

Of Cronies and Kings [col. writ. 7/5/07] (c) '07 Mumia Abu-Jamal     

The recent presidential commutation of Vice-Presidential aide, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, has demonstrated how deeply politics and cronyism invades the realm of law.       In commuting Libby's 30-month prison sentence, the president has made it clear that, while he made his political career on being 'tough on crime' (especially when it comes to the death penalty), in the cases of his homies, the regular rules don't matter.       This is a politician who, when governor of the Republic of Texas, only granted one commutation to a man on Death Row (to Henry Lee Lucas), while denying every other request, even one advocated by the Pope, for Christian convert Karla Faye Tucker.       As a rule, this is not the guy who even grudgingly gives up either pardons or commutations  until, that is, it came to his homie, 'Scooter.'       The power to pardon actually has it roots in the "royal prerogative of the kings and queens of England.       Yet, this act owes more to simple cronyism than to the English precedents.       "Scooter" held the keys to the kingdom. Faced with prison, his lips might have loosened as to the real roots of the Valerie Plame affair. He had it potentially within his power to threaten not just the Vice President, but the White House entire.       Thus, this commutation (pending a full pardon) is as much an act of self-defense, as it is of grace.       The power, under U.S. law and precedents, is virtually total.       The president can pardon or commute any sentence of any person serving (or having already served) a federal criminal sentence or sanction.       Yet, when have we heard of a commutation without someone actually filing for it?       This is an act of power, or politics, and cronyism.       For Bush, this was a freebie.       He never has to face another vote in his life.       With a 27% approval rating in the polls, he as much as told the American people to kiss his ass.       He could care less what you think.       'Scooter' was his homie.       Nor does this 'tough on crime' politician give a fig about what happens to hundreds and thousands of other Americans, every day.       For the statute governing perjury to a federal grand jury, and the range of sentences available under the law, doesn't change a bit.       The White House hasn't, and won't, send a recommendation to the U.S. Sentencing Commission to change the range of sanctions.       'Scooter' got a break because of who he knew in the White House.       The rest of us are on our own.       Cronyism.  Homieism.       There is one law for the privileged and the powerful: another law for the rest of us.       'Equal Justice under the law?'       Yeah, right.   --(c) '07 maj

 

 

  [Mr. Jamal's recent book features a chapter on the
remarkable women who helped build and defend
the Black Panther Party: *WE WANT FREEDOM:
A Life in the Black Panther Party*, from South
End Press (http://www.southendpress.org); Ph.
#1-800-533-8478.]
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[Check out Mumia's latest: *WE WANT FREEDOM:
A Life in the Black Panther Party*, from South
End Press (http://www.southendpress.org); Ph.
#1-800-533-8478.] 

"When a cause comes along and you know in your bones that it is
just, yet refuse to defend it--at that moment you begin to die.
And I have never seen so many corpses walking around talking about
justice." - Mumia Abu-Jamal

MUMIA'S COLUMNS NEED TO BE PUBLISHED AS BROADLY
AS POSSIBLE TO INSPIRE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT AND
HELP CALL ATTENTION TO HIS CASE.

The campaign to kill Mumia is in full swing and we need you to
**please** contact as many publications and information outlets as
you possibly can to run Mumia's commentaries (on-line and
**especially off-line**)!! The only requirements are that you run
them *unedited*, with every word including copyright information
intact, and send a copy of the publication to Mumia and/or ICFFMAJ.
THANK YOU!!!

Keep updated by reading ACTION ALERTS!!
at http://www.mumia.org, http://www.onamove.com/ and their links.
========================================

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AM 8335
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WE WHO BELIEVE IN FREEDOM CAN *NOT* REST!!

Submitted by: Sis. Marpessa