Jul 03, 2007 Dubya: Now let’s commute thousands of others’ sentences
Scooter Libby (Image from public domain).
On July 2, 2007, George Bush II commuted Scooter Libby’s prison sentence for being "excessive".
As I already have said, as much as I want Bush out of office, I would have been more than happy to see Mr. Libby acquitted. His indictment accuses him of lying to law enforcement and the grand jury investigating how and when Valerie Plame’s CIA employment status got leaked to the press. So long as the criminal justice system remains as unjust as it has long been, it will be difficult for me to want to see convictions for such alleged crimes.
In any event, Bush is being disingenuous by commuting Libby’s prison sentence as "excessive" unless he also gets busy commuting the countless other excessive prison sentences ordered by federal courts, including the countless unjust mandatory minimum sentences for drugs. A slew of innocent people are convicted annually. Countless people are victimized by unfairly harsh sentences, sometimes for nothing more serious than being a drug addict selling enough to feed the defendant’s own drug addiction.
If you run out of names to commute, Dubya, feel free to call me, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Civil Liberties Union, or other birds of my feather. Jon Katz.