Thursday, July 12, 2007

Executive Privilege

It was very reassuring to read Professor Cass Sunstein's editorial in the Boston Globe on the thorny issue of executive privilege. I was delighted to realize that if I couldn't untangle the current controversy about the Bush Administration's assertion of executive privilege in the U.S. attorney firings scandal, I was at least in distinguished company. Professor Sunstein lays out the legal arguments that both sides might present in trying to make their cases in court. As one would expect from Professor Sunstein, this editorial is not a partisan diatribe, but rather a well-reasoned analysis. He concludes his piece by declaring that "If the issue gets to court, anything can happen."

1 comment:

Betsy McKenzie said...

Thank you, Marie, for an excellent pointer! Prof. Sunstein presents a very measured opinion. I find it hard to be moderate, measured or even-handed in thinking about our government right now. Oddly enough, it seems to have been Republican Barry Goldwater who said "Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. ... Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."