Abuse of Power

George Bush has used his powers to stop Lewis Libby, a former administration official who uncovered a CIA agent and commited perjury, going to prison for 2 and a half years, but Libby will still have to pay a fine, and will keep his conviction. Pardoning people for crimes commited, or retrospective legislation to legalise previous crinimal acts, all display a disrespect for the rule of law- a basic conservative principle. Regarless of the rights or wrongs of the Libby case, the case should be decided by the courts, not politicians giving favours to those they like. This descison should be condemned as an abuse of power, Like Labour’s similar “validation act” to wipe out the Darnton vs. Clark court case and retrospectively legalise the theft of taxpayers money.

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