Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Not Every Violation Of The Law Is A Crime

Sounds like something someone that broke a law would say in their defense but in this case it is a quote from our own Attorney General!

US Attorney General Michael Mukasey used the "not every violation of the law is a crime" meme when trying to justify why no one from his department would be prosecuted in the DOJ hiring scandal thaw saw 2 years worth of hiring illegalities discovered during Alberto Gonzales years.
Attorney General Michael Mukasey on Tuesday said former Justice Department officials will not face prosecution for letting improper political considerations drive hirings of prosecutors, immigration judges and other career government lawyers.

And here is the money quote given in front of the American Bar Association coincidentally:
But, Mukasey told delegates to the American Bar Association annual meeting, "not every wrong, or even every violation of the law, is a crime. In this instance, the two joint reports found only violations of the civil service laws." (emphasis mine)

So what's the breaking of a few laws, civil or criminal, between friends especially if you are a member of the "teflon coated" Bush Administration?

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