Skip to comments.The Pardon of Scooter Libby - How the President Should Play It
Posted on 06/29/2007 9:08:46 AM PDT by STARWISE
Author deals with the possibility .. excerpt of article:
Explanation of the President's Belief in the Innocence of I. Lewis Libby * * Not a part of the official pardon statement, but an explanation thereof for distribution to the American public via the working media.
I, George W. Bush, President of the United States of America, believe that I. Lewis Libby is not guilty of perjury or of obstruction of justice.
In saying this, I do not say that the jury necessarily erred on the basis of the evidence presented to it, nor do I say that the judge necessarily made (or did not make) a mistaken ruling on the law.
But I do believe, regardless of the legal admissibility of evidence the defense was not allowed to present to the jury, that had the disallowed evidence been presented at trial alongside all the other evidence that was admitted, a fair-minded jury would certainly have concluded, as I do, that Mr. Libby is not guilty.
I do not believe that Mr. Libby intentionally lied to, or otherwise obstructed, a grand jury or any federal agents.
I believe that the case against Mr. Libby revolves entirely around an instance of instances of honestly mistaken recollection -- and that such mistaken recollection may or may not be that of Mr. Libby.
I think it is unknowable whose recollection or recollections were mistaken. I further believe that Mr. Libby had absolutely no motive to lie to or otherwise obstruct the investigation at issue -- and that said lack of motive further bolsters my conclusion that Mr. Libby did not lie or obstruct said investigation.
(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...
Whole article is worth reading ...PING!
With regard to both the memory of Mr. Libby and that of Mr. Russert, the defense was further prohibited from introducing evidence about the reliability of memory in general. I believe that all of this testimony, and that described in the previous paragraph, would have convinced any fair-minded jury that the facts are sufficiently in dispute for there to be too much doubt for any conviction on the merits.
I further believe that the entirety of the evidence, both allowed and disallowed, would convince any fair-minded jury that ANY mis-recollections were quite likely unintentional.
Yesterday when I was doing some research I found an article where Karl Rove had been fired from the 1992 campaign of Bush 41 for leaking to ROVERT NOVAK. Maybe some things never change.
Looks like Libby got the shaft by Rove if I were guessing.
I thought this was a great article, too.
Good stuff, but not nearly enough — GW needs to make a MAJOR barn-burning speech to the National Press club, to wrap up a comprehensive summary of Joe and Valerie’s treason, the vicious lying ‘RATS of the MSM, and the shameless Demagogues and scum of Congress and the Dept. of Justice who helped to further this sham ...... Bush needs to summarize all that was wrong with the matter from day 1, long before Libby was ever involved, and shove the whole mess down the gagging throats of the treasonous media. He needs to FINALLY lay out all the facts regarding WMDs and Iraq, etc. and stand up for his administration, not only Scooter Libby. Libby’s fate is important and most imminent, but everything about this Fitzfong sham of a case needs to be set in the proper and accurate context so that people can begin to understand how Fitzfong and pals have been pursuing a coup d’etat with the eager aid of a sham treasonous MSM.
If he was going to pardon him, he would have done so already. Maybe in last month (January of 09) but I doubt it.
This President that I voted for twice hasn’t done anything ‘right’ since the January 05 inaugural. Does anyone actually believe, after the Amnesty debacle just concluded, he’s suddenly going to change?
I don’t. He shouldn’t have back Amnesty for a second time in the face of political common sense.
He won’t pardon Libby. Most of us understand he should have a month or more ago, just as we understood he was wrong on Amnesty the first time around, just as we knew he should have been vetoing excessive domestic spending programs or budgets with 31,000 earmarks.
I don’t know where that guy went that stood on the rubble of the WTC and rallied us all....but I sure do miss him.
How about calling an assistant into his office and saying “Write up a pardon form for Scooter Libby, and bring it to me to sign...ASAP”.
I like to fantasize too.
Jorge has zero loyality to staff and the Republican base. Perhaps if we chip in for a luxury property for him and his library, in Mexico, he will resign and let Cheney take over. Cheney would have the stones to do the right thing by Scooter.
The time for a pardon is far from over. Scooter deserves the chance to legally clear his name, if integrity and reason exist in our judicial system.
Great point! Might even bring some us back who are still p*ssed about the amnesty plan.
An argument can certainly be made in favor of your attitude but if he's forced to sit in jail while he's clearing his name Libby just might have a different view.
But, Bush won't pardon Libby. He also won't pardon others wrongfully sent down the river by the Injustice Department. For a guy supposedly loyal to his people to a fault, he sure is quick about throwing them under the bus.
President Bush granted pardons Wednesday to 14 people, including a member of the mineworkers union who was convicted for his role in bombings at a West Virginia coal mine, a counterfeiter and a bootlegger.
Jesse Ray Harvey of Scarbro, W.Va., was given a 25-month sentence in 1990 after his conviction for using explosives to damage Milburn Colliery. The mine had been the target of a long strike by about 45 members of a United Mine Workers local.
CBS News correspondent Mark Knoller reports that the pardons Wednesday bring to 58 the number of pardons granted by Mr. Bush.
Others granted pardons Wednesday were:
# Gene Armand Bridger, Elkhart, Ind., conspiracy to commit mail fraud, mail fraud, sentenced May 29, 1963, to five years probation.
# Cathryn Iline Clasen-Gage, Rockwall, Texas, misprision of a felony, sentenced Aug. 21, 1992, to 18 months in prison and a year of supervised release.
# Thomas Kimble Collinsworth, Buckner, Ark., receipt of a stolen motor vehicle that had been transported in interstate commerce, sentenced Aug. 22, 1989, to three years probation and a $5,000 fine.
# Morris F. Cranmer Jr., Little Rock, Ark., making materially false statements to a federally insured institution, sentenced March 30, 1988 to nine months in jail.
# Rusty Lawrence Elliott, Mount Pleasant, Tenn., making counterfeit money, sentenced April 26, 1991, to a year and a day in prison, two years supervised release and a $500 fine.
# Adam Wade Graham, Salt Lake City, Utah, conspiracy to deliver 10 or more grams of LSD, sentenced Nov. 23, 1992 to 30 months in prison and five years of supervised release, including 250 hours of community service.
# Rufus Edward Harris, Canon, Ga., possession of tax-unpaid whiskey, sentenced June 17, 1963, to two years in prison, possession and sale of tax-unpaid whiskey. He also was on May 28, 1970 to five years in prison, later reduced to two years probation.
# Larry Paul Lenius, Moorhead, Minn., conspiracy to distribute cocaine, sentenced Sept. 29, 1989, to 36 months probation and payment of $2,500 in restitution.
# Larry Lee Lopez, Bokeelia, Fla., conspiracy to import marijuana, sentenced July 19, 1985 to three years probation.
# Bobbie Archie Maxwell, Lansing, Mich., mailing a threatening letter, sentenced Sept. 6, 1962, to 12 months probation.
# Denise Bitters Mendelkow, Salt Lake City, Utah, embezzlement by a bank employee, sentenced May 21, 1981, to two years probation.
# Michael John Pozorski, Schofield, Wis., unlawful possession of an unregistered firearm, sentenced Sept. 14, 1988, to four years probation and payment of a $750 fine.
# Mark Lewis Weber, Sherwood, Ark., selling Quaalude tablets, selling, using and possessing marijuana, sentenced Aug. 20, 1981, following Air Force court-martial to 30 months confinement at hard labor, forfeiture of 30 months pay at $334 a month and a dishonorable discharge.
That sure is a motley list, I suppose. I notice that it appears all of your list had served all time sentenced. Maybe Libby can get his Pardon after he gets out of jail. By this reckoning, the Border Guards wrongfully imprisoned will get their Pardons in about 2028.
I say the Judge was a crook, The prosecutor is an agent of the DNC and the liberal Washington DC jury would convict Mother Theresa if they could hurt George Bush by doing it.
It really is a motley list.
1. Get Libby pardoned.
2. Nifong Fitzy.
3. Then go after the judge and the Washington Post former or “still” employee who did the damage for criminal and civil charges.
At least there aren’t a bunch of Puerto Rican terrorists who attempted to blow up the Congress on the list, right?
I miss him too.
Whatever he says, he should do it right now... the President’s popularity is not going to get any lower.
A pardon should not be based upon the belief that the person was convicted in error, because offering a pardon implies a belief in the person’s guilt and accepting a pardon is an admission of guilt. The President does not need a reason to pardon someone and should not offer one.
If the President wants to reject the judicial process, he should simply do it.
As to the Judge, the prosecutor and the juries, they are players in the process that did their jobs, nothing more.