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Temporary Immunity by Steve Payne


Author says: what if Bill Clinton had been granted temporary immunity? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).

On May 27th 1997: on this day the US Supreme Court announced a constitutional decision which barred Paula Corbin Jones from proceeding with her lawsuit against Bill Clinton for his personal conduct before he was President.

Somewhat suprisingly the former Vice President, Supreme Court Justice George H.W. Bush voted against the 8-1 decision. Because in barring any private civil damage lawsuit from proceeding against the President until leaving office, the ruling supported Clinton's appeal that as a matter of prudence, even if not as a matter of constitutional law, such trials would interfere with the President's duties.

Of course the granting of temporary immunity last hardly longer than the swearing in of Al Gore. And the tsunami of private lawsuits almost certainly contributed to Clinton's heart attack in 2005.

Author says to view guest historian's comments on this post please visit the Today in Alternate History web site.

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Editor of Today in Alternate History, a Daily Updating Blog of Important Events In History That Never Occurred Today. Follow us on Facebook, Myspace and Twitter.

Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Possibilities such as America becoming a Marxist superpower, aliens influencing human history in the 18th century and Teddy Roosevelt winning his 3rd term as president abound in this interesting fictional blog.


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