Skip to comments.President Bush Commutes Libby's sentence
Posted on 07/02/2007 2:45:21 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55Edited on 07/02/2007 3:05:31 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Foxnews alert.. libby sentence commuted
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
The United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today rejected Lewis Libbys request to remain free on bail while pursuing his appeals for the serious convictions of perjury and obstruction of justice. As a result, Mr. Libby will be required to turn himself over to the Bureau of Prisons to begin serving his prison sentence.
I have said throughout this process that it would not be appropriate to comment or intervene in this case until Mr. Libbys appeals have been exhausted. But with the denial of bail being upheld and incarceration imminent, I believe it is now important to react to that decision.
From the very beginning of the investigation into the leaking of Valerie Plames name, I made it clear to the White House staff and anyone serving in my administration that I expected full cooperation with the Justice Department. Dozens of White House staff and administration officials dutifully cooperated.
After the investigation was under way, the Justice Department appointed United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Patrick Fitzgerald as a Special Counsel in charge of the case. Mr. Fitzgerald is a highly qualified, professional prosecutor who carried out his responsibilities as charged.
This case has generated significant commentary and debate. Critics of the investigation have argued that a special counsel should not have been appointed, nor should the investigation have been pursued after the Justice Department learned who leaked Ms. Plames name to columnist Robert Novak. Furthermore, the critics point out that neither Mr. Libby nor anyone else has been charged with violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act or the Espionage Act, which were the original subjects of the investigation. Finally, critics say the punishment does not fit the crime: Mr. Libby was a first-time offender with years of exceptional public service and was handed a harsh sentence based in part on allegations never presented to the jury.
Others point out that a jury of citizens weighed all the evidence and listened to all the testimony and found Mr. Libby guilty of perjury and obstructing justice. They argue, correctly, that our entire system of justice relies on people telling the truth. And if a person does not tell the truth, particularly if he serves in government and holds the public trust, he must be held accountable. They say that had Mr. Libby only told the truth, he would have never been indicted in the first place.
Both critics and defenders of this investigation have made important points. I have made my own evaluation. In preparing for the decision I am announcing today, I have carefully weighed these arguments and the circumstances surrounding this case.
Mr. Libby was sentenced to thirty months of prison, two years of probation, and a $250,000 fine. In making the sentencing decision, the district court rejected the advice of the probation office, which recommended a lesser sentence and the consideration of factors that could have led to a sentence of home confinement or probation.
I respect the jurys verdict. But I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive. Therefore, I am commuting the portion of Mr. Libbys sentence that required him to spend thirty months in prison.
My decision to commute his prison sentence leaves in place a harsh punishment for Mr. Libby. The reputation he gained through his years of public service and professional work in the legal community is forever damaged. His wife and young children have also suffered immensely. He will remain on probation. The significant fines imposed by the judge will remain in effect. The consequences of his felony conviction on his former life as a lawyer, public servant, and private citizen will be long-lasting.
The Constitution gives the President the power of clemency to be used when he deems it to be warranted. It is my judgment that a commutation of the prison term in Mr. Libbys case is an appropriate exercise of this power.
Fox just said it will happen in minutes.’
Not sure of the specifics yet
Just heard! Libby will not be going to prison. He will get commuted and be on probation for 2 years and pay a fine.
They said this isn’t a pardon.. but rather commuting the sentence
Another good day!
OK... now how about those border patrol agents...
Commuted only the sentence not the conviction so he can still pursue his appeal.
Gibson said Libby will still have the conviction on his record. will have two years probation and STILL will have to pay a 250,000 dollar fine.
ABOUT TIME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So when is he sending Armitage to Gitmo? /s
Any word whether Scooter will continue with the appeal?
sounds sorta like Scooter’s “half a loaf” ,.. but , oh well
WE NEED TO CONTRIBUTE TO HE$LP pay the fine
I expect Scooter does not yet want the pardon; he has clearly been railroaded by Fitzy and the judge.
This is a good move by President Bush; gives Libby the chance to appeal based on the merits without having to spend time in jail.
Thank you President Bush.
that is better than nothing. IMO, I’m happy with this and I’m sure Libby is as well!
Thank God, its time to unleash hell on the Dims!
Ruh-ro, the DUmmies aren’t liking this!!!
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