Bush spares Libby from prison by Andrew Ward

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Andrew Ward | The Financial Times | July 3, 2007

President George W. Bush on Monday commuted the 30-month prison sentence handed to Lewis “Scooter” Libby, former chief of staff to vice president Dick Cheney, for lying and obstructing justice.

The decision represented a political thunderbolt from Mr Bush and sparked immediate uproar among Democrats, who accused the president of overturning the rule of law.

Mr Bush had been under intense pressure from some influential Republicans to spare Mr Libby, a longtime pillar of the party establishment, from jail.

The move came hours after a federal appeals panel refused a final plea for Mr Libby’s prison term to be delayed, making his incarceration imminent.

“I respect the jury’s verdict,” said Mr Bush, in a two-page statement explaining his decision. “But I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr Libby is excessive.”

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via The Financial Times

8 thoughts on “Bush spares Libby from prison by Andrew Ward

  1. Pingback: BUSH PARDONS SCOOTER LIBBY!! (videos) « Dandelion Salad

  2. regarding all the tear-and-paranoia driving
    zero-tolerance tirades, we had to suffer already,
    it actually seems a bit hypocritical when the tenth
    of the sentence proposed by THE LAW, even yet on
    approbation, is called ‘excessive punishment’ here.

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  4. Oops, sorry I meant commute, not pardon BUT who wants to bet that Bush will end up pardoning Libby? 100bucks, any takers?

  5. Of course Bush was going to pardon Libby. Can you imagine all the dirt that he has on Bush & Cheney?! I can’t believe the gull that Bush has and his contempt for the law. He is King George, laws don’t apply to him or his thugs. This situation is an outrage. Libby was convicted of 4 out of 5 charges, he broke the law period. I know people that have been sent up the river for one felony, and not as serious as Libby’s! OMG, and to think Libby was convicted and sentenced. Libby is a felon that received a ‘Get out of jail Free’ card today. It’s sad that there are plenty of people imprisoned today with holes all over their cases, some are probably innocent, yet Bush overlooks them completely. WTF is wrong with people supporting Bush’s pardoning of Libby!!!!

  6. We all knew that from the get-go. The whole trial was to show some accountability and some substances in the justice, but in the end there is no accountability nor justice. You knew that too.

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