Monday, July 02, 2007

American Farce: Good For Bush For Commuting Libby's Jail Sentence

Like the Duke rape case with Mike Nifong, the Libby case was a sour grapes Democrat's witch hunt from Day One. And the hoped for prize was Vice-President Dick Cheney. No crime was ever committed by Libby. Patrick Fitzgerald was fighting straw men,, and trying to make something utterly silly into a grave matter. Richard Armitage who actually leaked the information about Valerie Plame's CIA standing was never tried.

Even Christopher Hitchens, a liberal atheist, advocates the stupidity of this farce and urges Libby be freed forever. All you liberals out there need to read it carefully.

Bush will take major heat and bellicose outrage, but it was absolutely the right thing to do and I respect the president for having the guts to do it. He did not pardon Libby, as I think he should have, but rather commuted his jail sentence leaving the fines and probation in place.

Investors Business Daily says it best. Read the whole thing. More at Pajamas Media.

This from Fred Thompson last night, "I am very happy for Scooter Libby. I know that this is a great relief to him, his wife and children. While for a long time I have urged a pardon for Scooter, I respect the President's decision. this will allow a god American, who has done a lot for his country, to resume his life."

There will be a tidal wave of reaction and hate-filled rhetoric. Captain Ed has more.

But heaven help that we forget Bill Clinton's pardons for terrorists to a great outcry before he left office.

I, like Larry Kudlow, hope for a full pardon for Libby by an appeals process in thcourts or presidential fiat, before Bush leaves office.


Jenny said...

Democrats witch hunt? Is that why the judge that sentenced Libby, the prosecutor that convicted him and some members of the court of appeals that denied Libby were appointed by republicans? You need to go back to Rush Limbaugh land.

Hmmm,wonder why Dick Cheney has been destroying secret service visitors logs for his home and office and refusing to comply with mandatory oversight? It's painfully obvious what's going on here. Libby was a designated scapegoat for Cheney.

You should read the 'One Percent Doctrine' if you care to know how the leaders you voted for operate.

Vienna VA said...

You're right, Web. No crime committed. Except perjury and obstruction of justice. Not that those matter. Except when Bill Clinton does the same thing - then of course it's the worst crime imaginable. You law and order types on the right - you're nothing if not flaming hypocrites.
I personally think both men committed a crime, and both deserve (or deserved) punishment.

Bush will no doubt pardon Libby. I hope he will then consider the unfair sentences of the more than 1,000 people who have applied for pardons (and been refused) and the more than 4,000 who have applied for a commutation of sentence (also refused). He's the stingiest president in over 100 years in granting pardons or commutations. My guess? Those applying will all get the Karla Faye Tucker treatment - unless they're Pioneers, Federalist Society members, or administration hacks who damage national security. "Please...don't kill me!!!"

Here's a case I hope all of you on the right will take up: Victor Rita, USMC Vietnam War and Persian Gulf War vet, and former civilian federal employee, was given a 33 month sentence for perjury and making false statements. Here's more about his case, and the ruling, which came down yesterday (interesting timing, I'd say):

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court handed down decisions in three cases Thursday, including Rita v. United States, where the Court held that a prison sentence falling within the federal sentencing guidelines may be presumed to be a reasonable sentence on appeal, but the presumption of reasonableness is not binding. Victor Rita was convicted of obstructing justice and making false statements in a federal grand jury investigation. Rita's lawyer argued that because of Rita's poor health he should be sentenced to less jailtime than the 33 to 41 months recommended by the sentencing guidelines. The trial judge refused to take Victor's individual health into account and imposed a 33-month sentence. The decision was later upheld [opinion, PDF] by the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the Supreme Court affirmed the Fourth Circuit Thursday. Read the Court's opinion [text] per Justice Breyer, along with a concurrence [text] from Justice Stevens, a second concurrence [text] from Justice Scalia, and a dissent [text] from Justice Souter.

Poor Victor Rita, he's either not a Republican, or not a Bush supporter, or didn't help with the current war effort. 'Cause if 33 months is a reasonable sentence for a USMC vet of two wars who is also in poor health, why is it not fair for poor ole Irve Libby?

Looking forward to reading the right's strong defense of how unfair it would be to expect him to serve his sentence.

p.s. Why not acknowledge Fred Thompson's role in the Libby defense? Thompson said he "would pardon former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's conviction for perjury and obstruction of justice now, rather than waiting until all his appeals are exhausted. Thompson is a fundraiser for Libby's defense"

pam said...

This is excellent. Fred Thompson raised $4 million for Libby's legal defense fund and condoned the commuted sentence of the convicted felon Libby. Since all polls have reported that around 70% of Americans agreed with Judge Walton's decision that Libby should serve prison time, this should put Fred Thompson further from the mainstream of America. He sides with the felons, those that wanted to push the war under false pretenses and cover it up, the liars, hiders, and lobbyists. Good move Fred . . . and good luck, you'll need it. He's the perfect candidate, destined for defeat. Keep digging yourself deeper in that conservative culture of corruption.

Webutante said...

I wonder if any of your so called 70%
who wanted Libby to serve time even bothered to find out what the charge actually was for? Do you?

It's so easy to sling words---labels---around like felons, liars but what are the facts you're talking about.

War under false pretenses is nonsense: everyone from Clinton to Gore to Pelosi to Bush were assured the there were weapons in Iraq.

And in March, I sat next to a weapons inspector on a flight to Tel Aviv who was the last man out of Baghdad who said without a doubt there were weapons. And many were still buried and many others had been shipped to Syria.

I like a man like Fred who calls a spade a spade. He says what he means rather than what he thinks will make him more popular with everyone. Good for Fred.