The President Should Preserve not Attack the Rule of Law

by David J. Muchow on Mar. 10, 2020

Government Election & Political Other  Ethics Civil & Human Rights  Constitutional Law 

Summary: Would you want the President or Attorney General to personally intervene in your criminal case for political reasons? I wouldn’t. That’s why, as a former DOJ prosecutor and Special Asst. to the Asst. Atty. General, Criminal Division, I have joined with over 2,000 DOJ former prosecutors and officials to support efforts to prevent political interference in criminal cases.

Would you want the President or Attorney General to personally intervene in your criminal case for political reasons?

I wouldn’t.  That’s why, as a former DOJ prosecutor and Special Asst. to the Asst. Atty. General, Criminal Division, I have joined with over 2,000 DOJ former prosecutors and officials to support efforts to prevent political interference in criminal cases.

Justice must be impartially administered and never used for political retribution. I’ve signed on to the following statement by democracynow.org calling for the end of this practice by President Trump and Attorney General Barr which subverts the rule of law and American’s faith in the fair administration of justice.  No thumb should be on the scales of equal justice for all.  And, our institutions are only as strong as the citizens who will work to uphold their integrity. 

At the close of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Dr. James McHenry, delegate from Maryland said to Ben Franklin:

"Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”
Franklin’s Answer:  “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

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