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July 2, 2007

Bush Commutes Libby’s Sentence

Filed under: News & Politics — Bill @ 10:38 pm

I hate to say I told you so, but I did.

Back on June 5, 2007 here is what I wrote on this blog: “It doesn’t take psychic Jeanne Dixon to figure out what is going to happen next.  Scooter will appeal, and just about the time when the hammer is due to come down, George W. will declare him pardoned.”

Here is what happened today, just 32 days after what I wrote…

(from the N.Y. Times)

WASHINGTON, July 2 — President Bush said today that he had used his power of clemency to commute the 30-month sentence for I. Lewis Libby Jr., the former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, who was convicted of perjury in March and was due to begin serving his time within weeks.

“I respect the jury’s verdict,” Mr. Bush said. “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.”


I’m certainly not surprised by this action.  By commuting Libby’s sentence this means that Libby will not spend one day in jail (assuming he abides by the rules of his  probation).  Libby was convicted of 4 felonies.

Bush was incorrect in his statement about Libby’s sentence being “excessive.”  What was recommended as a sentence for Libby was 21 to 40 months.  The Judge gave him 30 months.  Far from excessive.

While what Bush did today was within his rights as a President, it was the wrong thing to do.

One last prediction: Mark your calendar for January 2009.  On George Bush’s last day in office he will pardon Scooter Libby.

Why bother to pardon him at that point?  It will allow Libby to regain his license to practice law (ironic isn’t it?).

Case closed folks.


1 Comment »

  1. For those who say, “Libby still has to pay his $250,000 fine, plus his legal fees,” I recommend that you please look up the “Scooter Libby Legal Trust Fund.”

    Libby will never have to pay a dime out of his pocket.

    The commutation also allows Libby to decline going before Congress to talk about what he knows about the Plame leak. It’s a brilliant move (not too ethical, but brilliant).

    Comment by billkuhn — July 2, 2007 @ 10:49 pm

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