Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Bush Pardons Scooter

Story: ""I respect the jury's verdict," Bush said in a written 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 30 months in prison."
Because he was not pardoned, Libby remains the highest-ranking White House official convicted of a crime since the Iran-Contra affair. But he won't have to serve a day in prison, a fact that his friends cheered, even those who wished he'd received a full pardon.

"That's fantastic. It's a great relief," said former Ambassador Richard Carlson, who helped raise millions for Libby's defense fund. "Scooter Libby did not deserve to go to prison and I'm glad the president had the courage to do this.""

Finally, a modicum of justice has been executed in this case. A renegade prosecutor, a vengeful media, and a target with a bad name all adds up to a mis-trial.
Still, I think Bush should have gone with the full pardon. If he's guilty, make him serve the full punishment. If he's innocent, then he shouldn't have to serve any punishment.


SolaMeanie said...

Don't you think it ironically funny that those who screamed so loudly that Bill Clinton's lying under oath should be excused are now baying loudly for Scooter's head?

And in this sense, Scooter didn't get pardoned, but his sentence was commuted. The fine and loss of his law license still stands. However, Billy Bob got away scot free.

But the Dems have double standards. Why should I be surprised?

Palm boy said...

Great points.