Conrad Black

I confess I did not follow this case closely — after a few years of Scooter Libby, I wearied of answering questions about my old friend and former partner in the jihad, Pat Fitzgerald; I didn’t want to do it anymore so I consciously avoided being in that position again.  But Roger Kimball has interesting thoughts (very unflattering to Pat) on his website, and they include a half-dozen proposed reforms of the criminal justice system from Mark Steyn. 

Mark’s ideas are interesting.  I don’t agree with all of them — like the elimination of plea bargaining and the elimination of rebuttal summation for prosecutors.  But there’s a lot of merit to his points that go generally to the mission creep of federal enforcement (Mark’s complaint about mail and wire fraud, for example – the reason these complex fraud cases focus on something as technical as the mailing of a letter rather than the fraud scheme is that it is the use of the U.S. Postal Service (or interstate communications facilities like phone, fax or email) that gives the federal government jurisdiction over what would otherwise be a state crime.)  Anyway, I don’t have time this minute to give it the treatment it deserves, but it’s interesting stuff.

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