By Indigent A-hole
The Largest Minority
Published Wednesday, July 4th, 2007, 2:22 pm
President Bush’s explanations for the commutation of Scooter Libby’s sentence, in which he was found guilty of lying to the FBI and a federal grand jury, included the following reasoning for how his seldom-used clemency was applied in this case:
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.My decision to commute his prison sentence 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. 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.
The judge that presided over the case, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton, told lawyers Tuesday that the Bush’s reasoning may not hold up.
Strictly interpreted, the statute authorizing probation indicates that supervised release “should occur only after the defendant has already served a term of imprisonment,” U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton wrote.
Walton ordered lawyers to weigh in with their arguments on the matter by Monday.
It’s bad enough that Bush felt compelled to champion this conservative cause to pander to his base, but you’d think if the White House knew how much of a shitstorm this would create they’d be a tad more thorough during the research phase.
This just shows clearly that Bush’s incompetence knows no bounds. For the leader of the free-world to screw up such a small detail on such a very important matter to the American people really gets me worried about how lightly his finger rests on the red button!
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