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No Holiday Pardon for 'Scooter' Libby
AP via SFGate ^ | 12/11/7 | LARA JAKES JORDAN, Associated Press Writer

Posted on 12/11/2007 3:18:52 PM PST by SmithL

WASHINGTON, (AP) -- President Bush granted pardons Tuesday to carjackers, drug dealers, a moonshiner and an election-laws violator but not to I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, his vice president's former top aide who was convicted in the case of the leaked identity of a CIA operative.

In all, Bush pardoned 29 convicts and reduced the prison sentence of one more in the end-of-the-year presidential tradition.

Justice Department spokesman Erik Ablin said Bush has granted 142 pardons and commuted five sentences since taking office in 2001 — lagging far behind the pace set by most modern presidents.

The list was issued with little fanfare Tuesday afternoon by the Office of the Pardon Attorney at the Justice Department. Bush was not expected to issue any more pardons this year.

In July, Bush commuted Libby's 2 1/2 year sentence, sparing Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff from serving any prison time after being convicted of perjury and obstructing justice. Libby, who recently dropped appeals to have his convictions overturned, has paid a $250,000 fine and remains on two years probation.

Libby was the only person to face criminal charges in the case of the 2003 leak of then-CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity. Plame, who has since left the CIA, contends the White House was trying to discredit her husband, a critic of Bush's Iraq policy.

A pardon amounts to federal forgiveness for one's crime, while a commutation cuts short an existing prison term.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cialeak; compeon; grinch; libby; nocialeak; pardon; ramos

1 posted on 12/11/2007 3:18:53 PM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Obviously Libby’s pardon will come after the 2008 election.


2 posted on 12/11/2007 3:20:22 PM PST by devere
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To: SmithL
convicted in the case of the leaked identity of a CIA operative

The AP is still spinning like there was a leak.

3 posted on 12/11/2007 3:21:23 PM PST by byteback
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To: devere

Certainly if Libby is to get a pardon, it would be only smart to make it after the election.


4 posted on 12/11/2007 3:21:49 PM PST by JLS
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To: devere

That’s MY hope.


5 posted on 12/11/2007 3:22:29 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: JLS; devere

Agreed


6 posted on 12/11/2007 3:23:56 PM PST by SmithL (I don't do Barf Alerts, you're old enough to read and decide for yourself)
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To: devere
Obviously Libby’s pardon will come after the 2008 election.

Libby's pardon will come after the 2008 election only if the Court of Appeals has yet to rule or has ruled against Libby with respect to the appeal.

7 posted on 12/11/2007 3:31:51 PM PST by Labyrinthos
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To: Labyrinthos

News flash: Libby withdrew his appeal.


8 posted on 12/11/2007 3:33:47 PM PST by bshomoic
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To: SmithL

What is Bush afraid his approval ratings will drop? I wish Bush would stop worrying about what the media will say.


9 posted on 12/11/2007 3:34:04 PM PST by Always Right
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To: SmithL
"President Bush granted pardons Tuesday to carjackers, drug dealers, a moonshiner and an election-laws violator but not to I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, his vice president's former top aide who was convicted in the case of the leaked identity of a CIA operative.

So can we assume Ramos and Compeon aren't going home for Christmas?

Maybe they should have been caught dealing the drugs, instead of going after the drug dealer..tsk, tsk.

I'm so disappointed in Bush.

sw

10 posted on 12/11/2007 3:35:01 PM PST by spectre (spectre's wife ("The best thing about this group of candidates is that only one of them can win.")
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To: spectre

Ramos and Compean still in prison. What happened to President Bush’s compassion?


11 posted on 12/11/2007 3:39:58 PM PST by donna (...gay couples raising kids. That's the American way... -Mitt Romney)
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To: bshomoic

Where have I been...


12 posted on 12/11/2007 3:40:11 PM PST by Labyrinthos
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To: spectre
I have no more words for this.
I'm beyond disappointed.
13 posted on 12/11/2007 3:42:45 PM PST by Guenevere (Duncan Hunter...President '08)
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To: SmithL

Speaking of pardons... there’s a couple U.S. Border Patrol agents that need/must have pardons.


14 posted on 12/11/2007 3:42:51 PM PST by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: SmithL; gubamyster; HiJinx; Travis McGee; SandRat; freema

“President Bush granted pardons Tuesday to carjackers, drug dealers, a moonshiner and an election-laws violator but not to...”

Compean, Ramos, the Haditha Marines and/or the Pendleton Eight Marines ...

Merry Christmas, President Jorge Boosh


15 posted on 12/11/2007 3:43:31 PM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: SmithL
I do not see Ramos and Compeon mentioned. Sad state of affairs, President Bush. Pardons for drug dealers and election law violators, but zilch for our BP.
16 posted on 12/11/2007 3:47:20 PM PST by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: donna; Guenevere; kellynla
Bush is as stubborn as a mule. In spite of the blitz of petitions and emails and congressional recommendations, he won't give an inch.

Compassion? It's misplaced.

sw

17 posted on 12/11/2007 3:47:44 PM PST by spectre (spectre's wife ("The best thing about this group of candidates is that only one of them can win.")
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To: spectre
It's misplaced --you got that right...
..and we know who is the beneficiary....(& it's not the US citizen).

I'm with you, I need to tune out for a long while...
..the news keeps getting worse.

18 posted on 12/11/2007 3:52:28 PM PST by Guenevere (Duncan Hunter...President '08)
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To: donna

This is really pissing me off too.


19 posted on 12/11/2007 3:53:16 PM PST by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: spectre

With Bush the illegals have more rights than Americans. Guess what? If you keep voting in this corrupt “Two-Party Cartel” run by corrupt evil elites then expect this from the next goon that you elect.


20 posted on 12/11/2007 4:10:28 PM PST by Digger (If RINO is your selection, then failure is your election)
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To: Labyrinthos; bshomoic
Yesterday's News: Libby to Drop Appeal in CIA Leak Case
21 posted on 12/11/2007 4:15:17 PM PST by SmithL (I don't do Barf Alerts, you're old enough to read and decide for yourself)
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To: Digger; Guenevere
We could have what we want in a candidate if only Hunter would run like our lives depend on it. We can't do it alone.

I'm sick of the corruption, lies and deceit I've been witnessing.

And trust me, Digger, I learned my lesson voting for Bush and Huckabee. Two big mistakes.

sw

22 posted on 12/11/2007 5:45:49 PM PST by spectre (spectre's wife ("The best thing about this group of candidates is that only one of them can win.")
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To: SmithL

nobody told me Tuesday was pardon day dangit


23 posted on 12/11/2007 5:46:40 PM PST by wardaddy (subservient well trained former shrew tamer for Thompson...but worried....very)
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To: SmithL

Only one Bush pardoned was a really serious criminal...the coke dealer who did 235 months....he served the minimum on a ten spot bit.... apparently a 100 key minimum...must have been some real weight at least

Clinton on the other hand pardoned some serious criminals like he was just getting a blow job ...easy


24 posted on 12/11/2007 5:52:59 PM PST by wardaddy (subservient well trained former shrew tamer for Thompson...but worried....very)
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To: spectre
spectre, my friend, it sounds like you're putting the onus on Hunter...."if only Hunter would run like our lives depend on it"

What can he do that he hasn't done or tried to do...

..they keep shutting him out.

He was just on O'Reilly, sounding strong and forceful....he's trying!

It appears we have a corrupt system.

25 posted on 12/11/2007 6:19:55 PM PST by Guenevere (Duncan Hunter...President '08)
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To: Guenevere

I suggest an alternative strategy. Let the people vote before wringing your hands in defeat.


26 posted on 12/11/2007 6:26:23 PM PST by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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To: Nuc1
I'm not defeated but the bad news keeps piling up.

However, you have a point :)

27 posted on 12/11/2007 6:35:41 PM PST by Guenevere (Duncan Hunter...President '08)
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To: kellynla

I don’t want pardons. I want murtha at the end of a rope or a firing squad.


28 posted on 12/11/2007 9:22:31 PM PST by freema
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To: SmithL

wonder why the pubies don’t fight back,

like investigate fitzpatrick?


29 posted on 12/11/2007 9:23:49 PM PST by ken21 ( people die + you never hear from them again.)
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To: spectre

Bush is OWNED by the Mexican government.


30 posted on 12/11/2007 11:47:41 PM PST by navyguy (Some days you are the pigeon, some days you are the statue.)
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To: Guenevere
Let us see. I do dislike the front loaded primary though. It gives the establishment too much power. I look forward to the votes. Always interesting and I suspect there will be surprises. :D)
31 posted on 12/12/2007 3:41:22 PM PST by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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To: Nuc1

Indeed...it’s not over!


32 posted on 12/12/2007 3:48:18 PM PST by Guenevere (Duncan Hunter...President '08)
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