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Fitzgerald is a Menace

By on 1.18.07 | 3:23PM

Patrick Fitzgerald, meet Mike Nifong of Duke non-rape case fame. Maybe the two out-of-control prosecutors should open a law partnership together. Their ethics seem to be similar.

Read this story. It shows that Fitzgerald, the prosecutor in the Scooter Libby trial, has utterly lost all sense of equal justice under the law.

Ever since the Bob Woodward revelations, it has been evident to almost any reasonable human being that the perjury charges against Libby were dubious at best. They amount to one man's hazy recollections of the dates of unimportant conversations pitted against several journalists' slightly differing hazy recollections of the same. And ever since Richard Armitage admitted being the primary source for the Valerie Plame/CIA story, it has been clear that Fitzgerald kept trying to bait others (including Libby) into perjury long after he knew that there was no underlying crime. That makes Fitzgerald a man with a huge ego and even larger bloodlust, trying desperately to justify his own existence, rather than a prosecutor seeking justice.

But back to the story. It reports that Fitzgerald is not content to have in the jury pool seven people who admit to a strong prejudice against the Bush administration but who say they can still adjudge the facts dispassionately, No, that's not enough for him. He also argued vociferously to keep in the pool a woman who said her feelings against the administration (of which Libby, obviously, was a major part) are so strong that, Breitbart reports, "She said her feelings about the administration could spill over into the trial."

Read that again. This is a woman who acknowledges that she might not be able to look at the facts objectively. But Fitzgerald's sick desire for Libby's scalp is so outsized that he still wanted to keep this woman in the jury pool. That is outrageous. Fitzgerald has become an embarrassment to his profession.

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