Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Law And Order

LATimes (07.04.07):
"In commuting the sentence of I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, President Bush said that the former vice presidential aide had suffered enough and that the 30-month prison term ordered up by a federal judge was 'excessive.'

But records show that the Justice Department under the Bush administration frequently has sought sentences that are as long, or longer, in cases similar to Libby's."

Libby's sentence not unusually long

"Three-fourths of the 198 defendants sentenced in federal court last year for obstruction of justice — one of four crimes Libby was found guilty of in March — got some prison time. According to federal data, the average sentence defendants received for that charge alone was 70 months."

While we're on the subject, the AP runs a correction (07.04.07):

"In initial versions of a July 3 story about President Bush's commutation of I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby's sentence, The Associated Press erroneously described the conviction."

Correction: Libby Commutation

"Libby was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice, not conspiracy."

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Blogger schpatz said...

Here's a little more on this subject.

Brings the bile up.

9:28 AM  
Blogger knobboy said...

Balloon Juice: "The judge doesn’t know how to enforce the standards set forth in the commutation because there is no precedent.

A lot of ink has been spilled detailing the evils of this administration, yet there may be anothr explanation for their behavior-

Maybe they are just stupid?"

11:17 AM  

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