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Just Deserts: High Court Suspends Clinton's Privileges

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Tuesday, October 2, 2001

Just Deserts: High Court Suspends Clinton's Privileges

Justice may be about to prevail in the case of William Jefferson Clinton. The Supreme Court yesterday suspended Clinton from practicing law and gave him 40 days to say why he should not be permanently disbarred.

While few lawyers ever practice before the Supreme Court, it is an honor to be admitted and a supreme dishonor to be barred. The Court did not explain the reason for its decision, but it acted after being notified by the Arkansas Supreme Court that Clinton's Arkansas law license was suspended for five years and he paid a $25,000 fine for lying under oath in the Monica Lewinsky case.

A spokesman for the New York Bar Association says if Clinton applies to practice law in New York, the Arkansas suspension will be honored. But what does he care? He's got $12 million for his book and Hillary got $8 million for hers. He's got a taxpayer pension, free office space, 24-hour secret service protection and free postage, among other things. Still, he was impeached and now he's paying more penalties. Call it just deserts.