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    Yes, the parts of the executive that make up the criminal justice system have the power of prosecutorial discretion.  In effect, by exercising this power they can grant an unofficial pardon to those who commit crimes and thereby skirt the law by simply refusing to exercise the law.

    However, this is a far cry from the ability to interpret law and it is also the height of abuse and injustice were the executive branch to use this power of prosecutorial discretion to skirt the law.  This practice, used in an illegitimate way, would fundamentally collapse the rule of law in our society.

    Is that what you are advocating?  That the executive should feel free to break the law knowing that the attorney general, the President's former counsel, is willing to grant unofficial clemency to the President?

    "... the Republicans have fucked reality so hard they need a physics professor to straighten them out." -- hamletta

    by manyoso on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 02:11:20 PM PST

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