An Evolving Line on Perjury

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.

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2 thoughts on “An Evolving Line on Perjury

  1. PoliticalCritic March 11, 2007 / 12:19 am

    Excellent post. After all this, it looks like Scooter will be pardoned. It might be after the appeals, but it’ll happen eventually.

  2. Daniel McCarthy March 11, 2007 / 12:43 am

    I think you’re right, the only questioning being whether the pardon will come before January 2009.

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