Naked Capitalism has the post Gaius Publius: Picking Up James Comey’s Pieces — What He Did, What He Should Have Done & Why. This article was posted by Yves Smith with the following introduction:
Yves here. This post is detailed and carefully argued, so get a cup of coffee. If you want a companion piece as to why Comey’s arguments for letting Clinton off the hook were indefensible, the best one-stop shopping is 5 Reasons The Comey Hearing Was The Worst Education In Criminal Justice The American Public Has Ever Had. Please send this post and that link to Clinton defenders.
Another big difference is whether or not the higher ups have a social relation with the accused. If they have never even met the accused, they have no personal feelings about ruining the life of the accused and the lives of the relatives of the accused. If they have socialized with the accused and are in the same social class as the accused, they can believe the accused is such a nice person that the accused does not deserve severe punishment. Of course, when someone of your social class violates the norms of your social class, then the retribution can be as severe as the person not in your class.