The Commuter-In-Chief

July 2nd, 2007at 06:30pm Posted by Eli

If Dubya ever actually showed respect for the law, I would faint dead away…

President Bush commuted the sentence of former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby on Monday, sparing him from a 2 1/2-year prison term that Bush said was excessive.

Bush’s move came hours after a federal appeals panel ruled Libby could not delay his prison term in the CIA leak case. That meant Libby was likely to have to report to prison soon and put new pressure on the president, who had been sidestepping calls by Libby’s allies to pardon the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.

“I respect the jury’s verdict,” Bush said in a statement. “But I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive. Therefore, I am commuting the portion of Mr. Libby’s sentence that required him to spend thirty months in prison.”

But technically it’s not a pardon, so Dubya wasn’t really dishonest when he signaled that he wouldn’t pardon Scooter. But don’t worry, it’s not like Scooter gets off easy:

Bush left intact a $250,000 fine and two years probation for Libby, and Bush said his action still “leaves in place a harsh punishment for Mr. Libby.”

(…)

“The reputation he gained through his years of public service and professional work in the legal community is forever damaged,” Bush said. “His wife and young children have also suffered immensely. He will remain on probation. The significant fines imposed by the judge will remain in effect. The consequences of his felony conviction on his former life as a lawyer, public servant and private citizen will be long-lasting.”

Brutal. Way to throw the book at him there, Dubya. You show those criminals who’s boss.

Hey, anyone remember Karla Faye Tucker?

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Libby/Plame,Politics,Republicans


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