Tuesday, August 12, 2008

No, actually, I envy their positions

Mukasey isn't going to pursue charges against former Justice Department employees (story here). Laws were broken, he concedes, but that doesn't mean crimes were committed. This is precious:
“That does not mean, as some people have suggested, that those officials who were found by the joint reports to have committed misconduct have suffered no consequences,” Mr. Mukasey said. “Far from it. The officials most directly implicated in the misconduct left the Department to the accompaniment of substantial negative publicity.

“Their misconduct has now been laid bare by the Justice Department for all to see,” he continued. “As a general matter in such cases, where disciplinary referrals are appropriate, they are made. To put it in concrete terms, I doubt that anyone in this room would want to trade places with any of those people.

I don't think that's right. If I've violated the law, I'd rather like to get off by switching jobs and suffering only a poor public image in the eyes of the wonks who follow this sort of thing.

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