Justin Raimondo compares Rich Lowry’s view of perjury during the Clinton era to his take on Scooter Libby’s perjury today. Is perjury not a crime if there are no charges arising from what the perjuror lied abot? Lowry didn’t think so back then.
Contrary to some libertarians, I think Libby would have earned himself slammer time even in libertopia. Think of it this way: if a company contractually guranteed anonymity to its employees and an employee of the company perjures himself in the course of covering up a possible violation of the anonymity contract, shouldn’t he be subject to a stiff penalty? Depending on the contract and the case law that might well include jail time. It should be underscored, too, that swearing under oath to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth is about as a strong a contractual obligation as anyone can enter into.