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Bush Pardons Scooter

In Are you kidding me?, Constitutional Rights, Politics on July 2, 2007 at 10:22 pm

From whitehouse.org

So the AP today reported that Bush felt that “Scooter” Libby’s sentencing was too extreme; therefore he ordered a partial-pardon.

What the ???

In a statement, Bush said: “Mr. Libby was sentenced to thirty months of prison, two years of probation, and a $250,000 fine. In making the sentencing decision, the district court rejected the advice of the probation office, which recommended a lesser sentence and the consideration of factors that could have led to a sentence of home confinement or probation.”

“I respect the jury’s verdict. 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.”

ARE YOU KIDDING ME???

Now, the Constitution gives the President the power of clemency to be used when he deems it to be warranted. The key here is “when he deems it to be warranted.” We may not agree with Bush’s decision; however, it is his right to make this…but thinking that the sentence was just too harsh? I guess he thought that leaving the fine and the probation part would be rough enough on Cheney’s ex-adviser.

 

If you ask me, I think he watched the whole Paris Hilton jail hoop-lah thing way too much.

I’m sure next we’lll hear how Scooter is reading the bible and learning a lot about himself. Guess his cute act isn’t working anymore for him either (another Paris Hilton poke there).

 

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