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the Flynn Pardon and a “Rudy Special” today as Trump wants firing squad executions back

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“Imputation of Guilt”, Flynn’s loss of a 5th Amendment exception could figure in the subsequent, yet unfulfilled prosecution of justice obstruction by the Mueller investigation.  Abuse of power continues, as his pardoning spree further hardens his de facto concession.

It’s admission of guilt. If called to testify at a future time, the pardoned cannot plead the 5th. Flynn can be compelled to testify in criminal courts against Trump.

“The Flynn pardon is best understood as one final act of venal, malevolent, retributive warfare waged by Trump on the country that just rejected him, and even on the rule of law itself, which he could not ultimately subvert to quite the degree he’d hoped.”

There have been many predictions—from instigating nuclear war to pardoning Joe Exotic—about what President Donald Trump might do during his final months in office, but it’s fair to say few people guessed this. According to a report from ProPublica, Trump is trying to rush through a proposed regulation that could see federal executions being carried out by firing squads again. The proposed rule cleared White House review on Nov. 6, according to the report, so it could be finalized any day,…

One proposal has raced through the process with little notice but unusual speed — and deadly consequences. This rule could reintroduce firing squads and electrocutions for federal executions, giving the government more options for administering capital punishment as drugs used in lethal injections become unavailable. The Justice Department surfaced the proposal in August and accepted public comments for only 30 days, instead of the usual 60. The rule cleared White House review on Nov. 6, meaning it could be finalized any day. The Justice Department didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Once finalized, this rule might never be put into practice. The Trump administration executed a federal prisoner in Indiana on Nov. 19 and plans five more executions before Jan. 20, all with lethal injections. After that, Biden has signaled he won’t allow any federal executions and will push to eliminate capital punishment for federal crimes.

Other less dramatic-sounding rules could prove harder to unravel and have broader consequences. In particular, the Environmental Protection Agency is on the cusp of finalizing several rules that would make it harder to justify pollution restrictions or lock in soot levels for at least five years. The agency wants to keep the soot standard unchanged over the objections of independent scientific advisers and despite emerging evidence that links particulate pollution to additional coronavirus deaths.…

The first execution of the modern era, Gary Gilmore, was conducted by firing squad in 1977 in Utah. The most recent, Ronnie Gardner, was in 2010, also in Utah. Gilmore’s last words, “just do it,” are literally the inspiration for Nike’s slogan.


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