Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Faulty Assumptions.

From the New York Times via The Anchoress:

A final report had long been considered an option for Mr. Fitzgerald if he decided not to accuse anyone of wrongdoing, although Justice Department officials have been dubious about his legal authority to issue such a report.

By signaling that he had no plans to issue the grand jury’s findings in such detail, Mr. Fitzgerald appeared to narrow his options either to indictments or closing his investigation with no public disclosure of his findings, a choice that would set off a political firestorm.
Source: The New York Times via The Anchoress - What exactly is being spun, here?

Now, those who have made their conclusions already are obviously jumping to the conclusion that since no report will be forthcoming, that indictments will come instead. These people are giddy about it.

As I have said repeatedly I am refraining from jumping to any conclusions here.

Fact of the matter is a report without special permission from a judge issuing a report on grand jury proceedings is illegal! Without that judicial permission no final report will come with or without indictments.

Think about what grand juries are. A person summoned to testify in front of a grand jury has no representation but are confronted by prosecutors, and by the jurors. Furthermore, there is no resort to the fifth amendment. If you are asked a question you answer it or ask Judy Miller what happens. So, there are good reasons for keeping what goes on in a grand jury secret. If an indictment is forthcoming then the facts of the grand jury become public.

Now, the leftists have already tried & convicted the people involved in this case (i.e. they have come to believe Karl Rove, Scooter Libby, et al guilty) and they can do so (however, they do not have the right to revoke someone's civil liberties). However, before anyone's civil rights are revoked we have this thing called due process (which is lacking in a grand jury) and the government must prove the guilt of the accused instead of the accused having to prove their innocence.

The Anchoress sees what is afoot:
So, what is this whole NYT article, really? Is this simply the Democrats feeding a new meme, planting a new narrative to the press, in order to hedge their bets so that if the desired indictments don’t come down the pike, and no “final report” does, either, the mechanism to raise political hell is already in place? A mechanism based on a lie? A way to discredit everyone connected to this sham-scandal and begin re-beating the incessant drums of hate and doubt and…oh yeah, impeachment?
Source: The Anchoress - What exactly is being spun, here?