Reminding I Needed

Atrios:

Inevitably, the subject of Marc Rich comes up every time presidential pardons come up. Without going into all of the issues, can we just remind the world that… Marc Rich’s lawyer was Scooter Libby.

I had totally forgotten that. Still, the fact that noteworthy recent uses of the pardon power seem to range from abusive in a minor way (nothing bad happened as a result of Rich getting pardoned, but it was still wrong) to abusive in major ways (this Libby business, the outrageous Iran-Contra pardons) doesn’t make a strong case that the unchecked pardon power is a good thing.