Scooter Libby’s prison sentence was commuted by President Bush Monday. Libby was facing 30 months in jail on charges of obstruction of justice and perjury. The commute will not, however, relieve Libby of having to pay a $250,000 fine. The conviction will also remain on his record.
President Bush called Libby’s original sentence “excessive,” citing that his criminal record was a sufficient punishment. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi described Bush as having “abandoned all sense of fairness when it comes to justice.” This is just wonderful. I never get tired of watching Bush do things his way, even though his decisions are rarely in favor of the public.