Posted by clubsodaandsalt on May 9, 2006
Apparently, ‘Collateral Damage’ Manning has issued an ultimatum to the Chief Justice: resign, or be charged with interfering with Panday’s trial.
I don’t really want to get into the validity of the main accusation here (though it looks pretty weak to me; kind of a he-said, she-said deal). There are, however, two things that jump out at me:
1. Why is the Prime Minister threatening to lay charges? He doesn’t have any such power, as he is not a prosecutor. In fact, Manning himself has pointed the fact that he isn’t the one who lays charges on numerous occasions. So… huh?
2. If there is, in fact, a decent case to be made that CJ Sharma attempted to unduly influence Panday’s trial, shouldn’t he be charged whether or not he resigns? Again, it’s not like Manning has the power to pardon him.
It seems as though this is the least compelling ultimatum ever. Manning can’t do EITHER of the things he’s threatening/offering. Of course, this is pretty much SOP for Manning, so I’m not sure why I bother to mention these sorts of things anymore.