It seems many people still have a lot to say about the Bush commutation..so I'm just going to throw out some of their comments for your purview. First from Mathew Yglesias:
Most of Libby's defenders -- George W. Bush, David Brooks, etc. -- don't seem to be denying that Libby committed a crime by lying under oath to investigators. They want us to say that, rather, he deserves to be treated very leniently because there was no big deal here. The alleged absence of an underlying crime is key to that theory. The converse theory is that there was an underlying crime and the crime can't be proven because Libby lied to investigators.
If that theory is wrong -- if there really was no crime -- then it seems we ought to get some kind of explanation from Libby as to why he lied.
Then from a statement made by Ted Wells, attorney for Mr. Libby:
"Mr. Libby and his family wish to express their gratitude for the President's decision today. We continue to believe in Mr. Libby's innocence. Scooter and his family appreciate the many Americans who have supported them over the last two years."... particularly in the form of his burgeoning trust fund, which has raised 5 million dollars for his legal fees.
But evidently wasn't used to pay the fine, which he paid post-haste this afternoon.
And lastly a hat tip to Lee Ward for offering this:
'Bush Filed a Motion Last Year ('a friend of court' brief) to Uphold the 33-Month Sentence of Victor Rita, a 24-Year Marine Corps Vet Convicted on Same Crimes as Libby' 'Last month, the Supreme Court agreed with the Bush Justice Dept, ruling against Victor Rita's appeal for a reduced sentence based on his exemplary military service.'( in nearly an identical case to Libby's)
Funny, I wonder why these two cases was treated so differently by the Bush administration and the Justice Dept.? You don't suppose that justice for Bush and his gang is prefaced more on what friends you have in high places, and whom you were doing the crime for, than on what type of crime you did?
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