Apparently, in a trial that I'm mostly ignoring, the testimony of one former baseball player is derailing the perjury trial of another. The facts, as they are known; apparently Roger Clemens was called to testify before Congress about steroid use in the major leagues, and the prosecution alleges he lied about taking the drugs.
Fair enough; if we are to take the "American way" spoken of in Solzhenitsyn's Harvard Address, we look at the law--OK perjury is a felony--and we go with the law. In doing so, we ignore basic questions of justice; who exactly was hurt if indeed Roger Clemens lied to Congress? Moreover, given that politicians are not exactly known for their veracity, why isn't Congress being prosecuted for their lies, which can and do impact the rest of us to the tune of trillions of dollars of damage per year?
(apart from the obvious answer; Congress gives the Department of Justice their budget, duh)
What seems to be a fact is that the DOJ is--while ignoring open and shut cases like the Black Panthers voter intimidation case and huge issues like the BATFE's "Fast and Furious" debacle--pushing the limits of the Constitutional prohibition of double jeopardy in its prosecution of Clemens while ignoring all sense of proportion. How to remedy the situation?
Well, ironically, let's turn to a higher law, the Torah, where Deuteronomy 19: 19 notes that the punishment for perjury is that the perjurer will suffer the consequence he thought to inflict upon his victim. Let's apply this to the Clemens case. If Clemens lied, what harm was inflicted?
OK, the public heard probably somewhat fewer lies that day from Congress than they would have ordinarily. So by lying to Congress, Clemens gave us somewhat more truth than the public, and Congress, would ordinarily have had.
So here "Rabbi Bubba" will give his punishment for Mr. Clemens; he will have to listen to the truth for the length of his testimony to Congress. That truth: the designated hitter and night baseball are an abomination. Go in peace, Roger, and enjoy your retirement.
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