Jeff Sessions recently referred to our legal system as Anglo-American. It was an accurate statement. Our legal system is based on England’s legal system. Even though what he said was true, some Liberals claimed that Sessions said something racist, which is not only untrue but stupid as well.
One of the people who jumped on Sessions was liberal professor Laurence Tribe:
Yet Tribe said this in a column for the Washington Post:
In all such instances, however, the president is acting as a kind of super-judge and making a decision about someone else’s conduct, the justice of someone else’s sentence or whether it is in the national interest to prosecute someone else. He is not making a decision about himself.
Self-pardon under this rubric is impossible. The foundational case in the Anglo-American legal tradition is Thomas Bonham v. College of Physicians, commonly known as Dr. Bonham’s Case. In 1610, the Court of Common Pleas determined that the College of Physicians could not act as a court and a litigant in the same case.
People on the left do this all the time. They twist meanings and seize on out of context phrases to demonize others. In Tribe’s case, he got caught eating his own words.