Presidents have no business meddling in justice

Martha I. Bruce



I write in reference to the letters by Bill Winkler (March 27) and Carl Moses (March 3-4) regarding U.S. presidents’ commenting on ongoing legal proceedings. I was disappointed when the president I voted for placed his thumbs on the scale of justice when a police officer, investigating what he though was a home invasion, turned out to be a college professor trying to get into his own house.

Neighborhood incidents like this are way below the pay grade of the president of the United States and should not enlist his attention. Calling the action of this public servant acting in the line of duty “stupid” was regrettable, to say the least.

Many Americans consider the president of the United States “the most powerful man in the world,” no matter who he is. However questionable this may be, as such, our presidents would do well not to squander this awesome power by interjecting it into a justice system already fraught with monumental problems to support or protect their personal and political friends and allow the process to proceed, untainted by meddling higher-ups who haven’t got a clue about the facts.

Their personal opinions about legal decisions belong in their memoirs. What if that New York police officer’s “stupid mistake” had discovered one of the “Amerca’s 10 Most Wanted”?