They shouldn’t get to do that.

Rich Lowry’s column this morning reminded me of this:

A government official at the center of lavish spending at a Las Vegas conference claimed his Fifth Amendment rights against testifying at a congressional hearing Monday…

I realize this point of view is going to be controversial and perhaps shared by a very small number of people, but Jeff Neely shouldn’t have gotten to do that.   Yes, the Constitution protects all of us, and I know that even includes monsters like Verna McClain. But I don’t think government officials accused of blowing the public’s money should get to invoke any kind of protection when they’re asked about it. It may be his Constitutional right, but it’s almost as if Healy is claiming some sort of sovereign immunity. He was in charge of that whole thing and he’s going to get away with it. Such is the price of living in a country with such protections, I suppose, but that doesn’t make it any more palatable.

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4 Responses to “They shouldn’t get to do that.”

  1. Jim. Says:

    I agree with you.

  2. peter Says:

    I understand that he took the Fifth when they asked him if he was employed. Seems like there should be only certain questions you can take the Fifth on but the Founding Fathers knew what they were doing. Sometimes you get the crap with the good that comes from the Constitution.

  3. mattexian Says:

    Hopefully, someone up the chain of command will give him his walking papers, since he can’t be bothered to identify his title or take damned responsibility for anything!

  4. BobG Says:

    I have to go with Peter on this; you can’t pick and choose civil liberties, or you end up without any at all.

    “The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one’s time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.”
    – H. L. Mencken

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