Monday, July 02, 2007

Dubya Gets One Right

Bush commutes Libby prison sentence - Yahoo! News

About damn time. Yeah, it's half a loaf but it's the more important of the two halves. There was NEVER a reason for Libby to go to prison. Even if he did what he was convicted of, a dubious notion at best, this did not merit 2 1/2 years behind bars.

Dubya needs to dance with the one who brung him and this is a good first step. Next up is vetoing a bunch of appropriations bills (which, apparently, he plans to do). Then comes some sort of Road to Damascus conversion on border security. If he wants to salvage whatever good will he has left, Dubya better remember that to the Republican core being conservative IS being compassionate.

At this point there are only two questions left:
1. Can you continue to appeal your conviction after your sentence has been commuted?
2. Will he?

Using the vast amount of legal knowledge i have gained from LA Law, Shark and the OJ Simpson trial, I am going to guess that the answer to the former question is yes. As for the latter, I have no idea. My suspicion is that he will prefer to put the episode behind him and move on with his life. We shall see.

Oh, and in case you've never received a commutation of your sentence, here's what one looks like:

GRANT OF EXECUTIVE CLEMENCY

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS Lewis Libby was convicted in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in the case United States v. Libby, Crim. No. 05-394 (RBW), for which a sentence of 30 months' imprisonment, 2 years' supervised release, a fine of $250,000, and a special assessment of $400 was imposed on June 22, 2007;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, pursuant to my powers under Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, do hereby commute the prison terms imposed by the sentence upon the said Lewis Libby to expire immediately, leaving intact and in effect the two-year term of supervised release, with all its conditions, and all other components of the sentence.

IN WITNESS THEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this second day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand and seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-first.

GEORGE W. BUSH

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And, by the way, why do we doubt that this particular act of Presidential chutzpah will be receiving a Profile in (Liberal) Courage Award? I mean it's not like he had the balls to raise taxes.

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