Thursday, June 07, 2007

Beldar Blog is back (and has been for some time)

OK, most of you who read THIS blog have no idea what I'm talking about.

There's this laywer, name of Dyer, and he has a blog, which is called Beldar Blog. He had some involvement with the exposure of the forged CBS documents in "guard-gate" before the 2004 elections. Moreso, he's both a brilliant lawyer, and a very entertaining writer.

Anyway, He was also a srong proponent of Harriet Miers (remember her), in no small part because she was a trial lawyer, and he thinks the Supreme Court could use what he called a "courtroom lawyer". Right after her name was withdrawn, he dropped off the blogosphere, for so long I stopped looking for his blog anymore.

But today Ed Morrisy over at Captains Quarters Blog referenced Beldar's blog talking about the Libby conviction and sentence. Shocked, I went over, and it turned out that Beldar has been back since just after last november's elections.

His comments about the Libby sentencing are well worth the read, I've excerpted a bit here but please go see it all:

I am unimpressed and unpersuaded — I would go so far as to say disappointed — by the lack of depth in short pieces today from, respectively, PowerLine's Scott Johnson, the Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol, and the National Review editorial board, all arguing for an immediate pardon of Scooter Libby. (H/t Jonathan Adler at The Volokh Conspiracy.) I think it's a much, much harder question than any of them have acknowledged.
Mr. Otis doesn't mention — or perhaps he did, and a WaPo editor left it on the editing room floor — a particularly interesting aspect of the commutation suggestion: Assuming Libby is denied bail pending appeal, an immediate presidential commutation of Libby's 30-month prison sentence would leave Libby and his team free (literally, in the case of Libby himself) to continue challenging his conviction through the normal appellate processes. The fine, the two years of supervised release, and the other disabilities associated with a felony conviction would leave Libby with ample legal standing and practical motivation to continue to do so. If Libby's appeals are then successful, no further presidential action need be considered; and if they are not, either President Bush or his successor might then consider whether further relief, in the form of an outright pardon, would be appropriate.

Beldar is long-winded, maybe even more than I am, but more well-written. I'll shortly add him to my blog roll, and look forward to reading and sometimes posting about his many discussions in the area of law and it's application to issues of importance to me.

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