Charges don’t rectify chief’s alleged lies

By Freedom Newspapers We don’t have much use for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby as an influence on policy, given that as chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney he was instrumental in maneuvering the United States into an unnecessary and unwise war in Iraq. Still, we wonder whether it serves justice at all to […]

Hussein’s death gives people reason for hope

Editorial E ach faction within Iraq will determine what Friday night’s hanging death of Saddam Hussein means largely by filtering the judgment, sentence and execution of this brutal despot through its own particular subjective lens. For the deposed Sunnis and Baathists, whom for decades were Saddam’s ruling clique, it likely will mean calls for vengeance […]

Karr case proves justice system can get it right

By Freedom Newspapers Boulder, Colo., District Attorney Mary Lacy felt the need to explain herself amid questions about whether she should have spent the time and money pursuing a lead that didn’t pan out. The explanation should not have been necessary. Lacy spent an hour and a half last week discussing the arrest of John […]

Victim’s sister feels justice served

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Homicide defendant Jimmy Bentley sat unflinching Thursday as the judge announced the guilty verdict. Behind the defense table, Bentley’s wife dropped her head in her hands, her shoulders wracked with sobs. Across the courtroom aisle, the sister of shooting victim Joseph Phillips gently rubbed her mother’s back, her face […]

Lied to death: Criminals end up victims

By Leonard Pitts Jr.: Syndicated columnist So I read in the paper where another man is about to be lied to death. The first such story I am aware of was published last year in the Houston Chronicle. It concerned a street punk named Ruben Cantu, who was executed in 1993 for shooting two men, […]

Individual liberty does not come for free

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist Among those of us who prize the protection of individual liberty as the primary public good, never to be sacrificed, the issue of eminent domain is troublesome. The reason is the same as with subpoenas. They both seem, at first sight, to be violations of our unalienable rights — to […]

Supreme Court swing vote tends toward confusion

Freedom Newspapers The case that will be remembered from the most recent term of the U.S. Supreme Court is Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, in which the court told President Bush that he couldn’t simply create military commissions — especially commissions authorized to deliberate and render decisions with the defendant not even present — without authorization from […]

Voting Rights Act in need of revision

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist A devil’s brew of cynicism on one side and demagoguery on the other seemed to guarantee renewal of the “temporary” features of the Voting Rights Act first passed in 1965. The demagogues are straightforward. The Rev. Bob Edgar, general secretary of the National Council of Churches USA, declared, “Voting rights […]

Congress subject to same laws as rest of us

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist The Bush administration has a habit of misreading the Constitution, pushing its powers as far as possible and expecting Congress to meekly go along. But now the House of Representatives has decided to fight back — not by asserting its rightful prerogatives, but by misreading the Constitution, pushing its powers […]

Guilt, innocence only real factors in Duke case

Freedom Newspapers Just what America needs, yet another highly charged nationally publicized court case that deals with race, class and sex. Of course, the indictments against two Duke University lacrosse team members, for allegedly assaulting and raping an exotic dancer at a recent party, are the stuff that 24-hour cable news shows thrive upon. As […]