Justice Makes a Comeback? | Freyne Land

Seven Days needs your financial support!

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Justice Makes a Comeback?

Posted By on Sun, Sep 2, 2007 at 11:41 AM

The veteran senator, a former prosecutor, spoke in very serious and somber tones when asked by Host Chris Wallace who he thinks President George "WMD" Bush should nominate to fill the seat of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

"I think he ought to select a real professional," answered the senator. "Somebody who understands the difference between being the president’s lawyer and being the chief law enforcement officer of the United States."

That's the key, isn't it? The Constitution makes us free and the Constitution is what each and every attorney general must put before the personal and political interests of the president.

"I think the President has made some very significant mistakes on legal issues," the senator said, "as far as he’s gone on signing statements, on his refusal to recognize the bold, clear-cut constitutional authority for habeas corpus... But there’s no doubt that the current Attorney General has only told the President what he wants to hear."

I should point out that the senator I'm quoting is not Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, but rather Republican Sen. Arlen Specter,  Judiciary Committee co-chair, who was also a guest on Fox News Sunday avec Chairman Leahy.

The sad fact is the Justice Department is a mess.

Who would St. Patrick like to see Mr. Bush nominate to replace Alberto?

"I’d like to see the President be a uniter and not a divider in his choice," replied Leahy. "He’s only got a little over year left in his term. We have a Department of Justice that’s in shambles. The morale is the lowest I’ve ever seen it, under either Republican or Democratic administrations. We have have some superb people there that we’d like to keep...

"I think if we were to do that you would hear a huge sign of relief from both Republicans and Democrats in the Senate," said St. Patrick, "and such a person would have the kind of support that was not there for Mr. Gonzales because he had angered so many Republicans and Democrats."

The tide is turning, eh?


Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

One or more images has been removed from this article. For further information, contact web@sevendaysvt.com.

About The Author

Peter Freyne

Peter Freyne

Peter Freyne, 1949-2009, wrote the weekly political column "Inside Track," which originated in the Vanguard Press in the mid 1980s; he brought it to Seven Days in 1995. He retired it shortly before his death in January, 2009. We all miss him.

More By This Author


Comments are closed.

Since 2014, Seven Days has allowed readers to comment on all stories posted on our website. While we’ve appreciated the suggestions and insights, the time has come to shut them down — at least temporarily.

While we champion free speech, facts are a matter of life and death during the coronavirus pandemic, and right now Seven Days is prioritizing the production of responsible journalism over moderating online debates between readers.

To criticize, correct or praise our reporting, please send us a letter to the editor. Or send us a tip. We’ll check it out and report the results.

Online comments may return when we have better tech tools for managing them. Thanks for reading.

Latest in Freyne Land

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2022 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401

Advertising Policy  |  Privacy Policy  |  Contact Us  |  About Us  |  Help
Website powered by Foundation