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  •  Monica Lewinsky is not an alias for Paula Jones (0+ / 0-)

    Clinton's five-year disbarment concerned his lies under oath concerning Monica Lewinsky, not Paula Jones.  Clinton apparently cut a deal to avoid criminal prosecution and thereby agreed to the disbarment to avoid a criminal trial.  And if Clinton lied under oath concerning a question regarding his relationship with Lewinsky, that constitutes perjury even if Clinton was not prosecuted for the perjury.  Here is a link that you might find useful.

    •  That's exactly what the judge finally said, (1+ / 0-)
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      too late of course, and so did I if you read my comment again. The added questioning about Lewinsky was initially approved because Starr - who had tried to bail but had been pressured back into the case - convinced Reno it was germane to Jones' case. The judge who disbarred Clinton found the Lewinsky questions were irrelevant and thus could not establish a finding of perjury. Sorry, but lying under oath is not necessarily perjury, which requires several strict conditions to be met, chiefly that the questioning was actually relevant to the approved subject of investigation. Perjury also requires both prosecution and conviction, and it is meaningless and prejudicial to say he committed perjury when by every relevant definition he simply didn't. If you will, he lied or prevaricated under oath when he was subjected to irrelevant questions from an unscrupulous prosecutor desperate to catch him in a perjury trap, a practice which is all too common with politically-motivated per/pro-secutions. It was a gross abuse of the legal system, and sadly would be followed by others like it.

      Then let us learn our range: we are something but we are not everything - Pascal

      by jlb1972 on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 06:18:31 PM PDT

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