Alan Peppard Digs Obscure Parlimentary Procedures

You wouldn’t think that of a gossip columnist but Peppard writes in to discuss our post on Harriet Miers, specifically the congressional idea of “inherent contempt” and who exactly a sergeant-at-arms is. Peppard doesn’t know either–it’s actually some dude named Terrance Gainer–but he was in London recently where the name surfaced.

A guide book informed me (so who knows if it’s true?) that the House of Commons’ Sergeant at Arms has unassailable powers to detain someone without charges for up to five years.

See what happens when you go on vacation Tim? The blog is overrun by nerds.

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