Monday, July 2, 2007

Good, I was hoping this would happen...

Sentenced Communted! as it should be, should really have been a pardon. Libby was railroaded (can you say Nyfong anyone?). 1) Valerie Plame was not a CIA operative, she was stationed at the agency as "cubicle jockey" after she had married Joe Wilson, so therefore, no cover was blown. 2) Joe Wilson, in his book, written well before this whole sordid affair, wrote about her being in the CIA. If anyone blew her cover, it was her husband. 3) Libby was not charged with obstructing justice by Fitzgerald until after he realized that the original charge of leaking an operatives' name would not hold. Kind of like being charged with stealing a car and then when you went to court, finding out you are being tried for murder.

I don't know how the system got away with that. Well, I do, it was the liberal democrats pressuring Fitzgerald (a known democratic contributor) to do so. All I wish is that the President would have either reduced the fine or eliminated it completely. But, hey, I am happy for Libby.

Bush Commutes Libby Prison Sentence

The Associated Press
Monday, July 2, 2007; 5:56 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Bush commuted the sentence of former aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Monday, sparing him from a 2 1/2-year prison term in the CIA leak case. Bush left intact a $250,000 fine and two years probation for Libby, according to a senior White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not been announced.

Bush's move came hours after a federal appeals panel ruled Libby could not delay his prison term in the CIA leak case. That decision put the pressure on the president, who had been sidestepping calls by Libby's allies to pardon the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.

Libby was convicted in March of lying to authorities and obstructing the investigation into the 2003 leak of CIA operative's identity. He was the highest-ranking White House official ordered to prison since the Iran-Contra affair.

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