Tuesday, July 03, 2007
And Justice for...Some
Well, well, well. What a wonderful thing to wake up to. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby won't have to worry about his nickname becoming uncomfortably literal after all. The shrub prince waved his magic wand and made the jail time disappear. A federal appeals panel had ruled that Libby could not delay his sentence, and a scant five hours later there was no jail time to appeal. Libby is still convicted, and has to pay $250,000, and is on probation for two years, but if Paris Hilton can get busted twice for driving on a suspended license while on probation before going to jail for a couple of weeks, I don't think Scooter has much to worry about. Shrub, in one of his usual self-contradictory statements, released a written statement saying, "I respect the jury's verdict but I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive. Therefore, I am commuting the portion of Mr. Libby's sentence that required him to spend 30 months in prison." I didn't realize that presidents had the power to mostly pardon people. So I am forced to wonder if our mighty leader will look into any other cases of excessive sentencing. I'm sure that every place of incarceration has numerous residents who, by virtue of having a bit more melanin than most on Capitol Hill, are serving more than their fair share of jail time. Whaddya say, Bushie? Get out that jurisprudential White-out and show us just how much you care for the people you so love to bone.