Law-makers have -- in recent years -- passed laws that effect only one or two individuals. As bad as this is, the latest version directly undermines whats left of our justice system.
In an amendment to the pending defense appropriations bill that passed last night on a voice vote, the House usurped the president's pardon authority by commuting the sentences of the two former Border Patrol agents convicted in 2005 ...
The amendment that passed last night, sponsored by Reps. Ted Poe, R-Texas, and Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., provides: "None of the funds made available under this Act shall be used by the Bureau of Prisons to incarcerate Ignacio Ramos or Jose Alonso Compean." But the Constitution entrusts the power to pardon offenses against the United States or to commute sentences exclusively to the president. The enumerated legislative powers do not hint at a concurrent authority in Congress.
I guess there's absolutely no shame left in our representatives: using the power of their office to undermine the legal system. What next? Laws to make sure your buddy can rip off the taxpayers with complete immunity?
Oh, that's already happened --- Haliburton.