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July 05, 2007

No Statute Of Limitations On Impeachment

Avedon Carol makes an extremely important but often-overlooked point here:

...if impeachment proceedings don't become moot on inauguration day, all this wibble about how there's not enough time becomes just more excuse-making, of which we have plenty already.

There's nothing in the Constitution that says you can't impeach officials after they've left office—and it by no means would be an empty gesture. Avedon C. has more, so read it all.

Posted at July 5, 2007 10:53 AM | TrackBack

Once they are out of office ARREST AND TRIAL for TREASON seems more appropriate.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at July 5, 2007 12:29 PM

That is a good point. Our government reminds me of the first car I bought, a 1959 Triumph TR3 that I purchased for 75 bucks. It ran on only two cylinders, the front end was smashed in and the interior was mostly missing but with a lot of work I was able to restore it. I don’t know if we can restore our government but it would be a worthwhile endeavor so maybe impeachment is not as empty a gesture as I thought.

Posted by: rob payne at July 5, 2007 12:29 PM

in the words of so many of my friends, CHIMPEACH!!

Posted by: almostinfamous at July 5, 2007 01:49 PM

Careful where you say it, or they'll start in on Bill again.

Posted by: Kip W at July 5, 2007 09:42 PM

No statue of limitations? HA! The only limitation that matters is the one we're being stone-walled with right now. Corporate Imperial Domination of the Earth...

Posted by: at July 9, 2007 09:06 AM

The CFR, TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 118 > § 2441 (War Crimes) provides for prosecution in Federal court of anyone who violates the Geneva Convention and other similar international agreements with a maximum penalty up to death. These are classed among the most serious felonies in US law. There is no statute of limitations. Bush and Cheney, on the evidence of their own public statements, have clearly violated this law. Sure, impeachment may be one route, but I fail to understand why no one has raised the possibility of simply calling them to account before the bar of justice.

The text of the law is pretty short and simple and leaves little doubt. See:

Posted by: Sam Thornton at July 10, 2007 01:05 AM