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  • Bush's pardon list shows no high-profile convicts

    11/25/2008 7:47:57 AM PST · by SmithL · 46 replies · 1,156+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/25/8 | DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President George W. Bush's latest list of pardons does not include some high-profile criminals who still hope the president will grant them clemency in his final weeks in office. On Monday, Bush granted pardons to 14 individuals and commuted the prison sentences of two others whose misdeeds included dealing drugs, evading taxes, killing bald eagles or mishandling hazardous waste. The most recent batch, however, did not include any well-known convicts like junk bond dealer Michael Milken, who is seeking a pardon on securities fraud charges, or two politicians convicted of public corruption — former Rep. Randy "Duke"...
  • Bush pardons 14 and commutes 2 prison sentences

    11/24/2008 3:48:08 PM PST · by vikingd00d · 75 replies · 4,206+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 24 Nov 2008 | Deb Riechmann
    WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush has granted pardons to 14 individuals and commuted the prison sentences of two others convicted of misdeeds ranging from drug offenses to tax evasion, from wildlife violations to bank embezzlement, The Associated Press learned Monday. The new round of White House pardons are Bush's first since March and come less than two months before he will end his presidency. The crimes committed by those on the list also include offenses involving hazardous waste, food stamps, and the theft of government property. Bush has been stingy during his time in office about handing out such...
  • A Pardon to Remember

    11/23/2008 3:47:59 PM PST · by rvoitier · 4 replies · 890+ views
    NYT ^ | November 22, 2008 | GEORGE LARDNER Jr.
    WHEN President Bill Clinton pardoned a billionaire fugitive from justice on his last day in office, even usually loyal Democrats were dismayed. Representative Henry Waxman of California called it “bad precedent” and “an end run around the judicial process.” He said it appeared to set a double standard for the wealthy and powerful. The billionaire was Marc Rich, a commodities trader, and his pardon is a subject of discussion again because Eric Holder, Mr. Clinton’s deputy attorney general at the time[.]
  • More response from Sarah's rep about Turkeygate.

    11/21/2008 10:47:13 PM PST · by davek70 · 52 replies · 2,255+ views
    There's a new flap involving Sarah Palin: In honor of Thanksgiving, she pardoned one turkey while other birds met their demise right behind her. Now the former VP hopeful's rep is speaking out to ET about the turkey pardon-gone-wrong! "The [Alaska] governor did not know it was going on behind her," Palin's spokesperson tells ET of the reportedly grisly scene at Triple D Farm & Hatchery outside Wasilla. Cameras captured Palin extending the annual Thanksgiving pardon to one turkey while a farm hand slaughtered the bird's feathered friends in the background. Palin's spokesperson tells ET the bird butchering wasn't going...
  • Ramos, Compean Commutation under Review by U.S. Pardon Attorney

    11/19/2008 8:57:24 PM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 32 replies · 1,119+ views
    CNSNews ^ | November 19, 2008 | Fred Lucas
    ( – In the waning days of the Bush administration, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is mulling whether to recommend a commutation for the two former Border Patrol agents jailed for more than a decade each for shooting a Mexican drug smuggler in the buttocks. The case is now before the DOJ’s Pardon Attorney Donald Rodgers. The Office of Pardon Attorney works in consultation with the attorney general’s office to assist the president, who has sole power of clemency in federal cases under the Constitution. Ultimately, it is the president’s call regardless of what the Office of Pardon Attorney recommends....
  • George W Bush could pardon spies involved in torture

    11/16/2008 7:14:46 AM PST · by BGHater · 33 replies · 1,201+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 15 Nov 2008 | Tim Shipman
    George W Bush is considering issuing pardons for US spies embroiled in allegations of torture just before he leaves the White House. Senior intelligence officers are lobbying the outgoing president to look after the men and women who could face charges for following his orders in the war on terrorism. Many fear that Barack Obama, who has pledged to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and put an end to the policy of extraordinary rendition, could launch a legal witch hunt against those who oversaw the policies after he is sworn in on Jan 20. Most vulnerable are US intelligence...
  • Begging Your Pardon

    11/15/2008 5:12:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 46 replies · 1,080+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | November 14, 2008
    Justice: Two Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting a drug smuggler have been resentenced for the crime of protecting the borders of the United States. Mr. President, you do not have the right to remain silent.Former agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean are 20 months into their sentences for shooting drug dealer Osvaldo Aldrete Davila, who tried to elude the two agents after driving a van near Fabens, Texas, that was found to hold 743 pounds of marijuana. He tried to flee back to Mexico and was shot in the buttocks by the agents who had reason to believe he...
  • Ramos & Compean - A letter to President Bush

    11/11/2008 9:45:59 AM PST · by NordP · 13 replies · 977+ views
    Vanity | 11/11/2008 | NordP's Husband
    Mr. President, You have done an exceptional job of protecting us for the past 7 years. My wife and I are truly grateful for your fortitude in the face of unceasing opposition from within and without our borders. There is one glaring injustice that remains a stain upon the fabric of our country. United States Border Patrol agents Ramos and Compean have been more than sufficiently punished for the accusations of Johnny Sutton and the serial criminal illegal alien drug dealer. They are in conditions far worse than the enemy combatants currently (justifiably) incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. If anything,...
  • Tancredo Asks Obama to Pardon Border Agents

    11/10/2008 3:12:12 PM PST · by BGHater · 26 replies · 161+ views
    The Hill ^ | 10 Nov 2008 | Chris Good
    Lest President-elect Barack Obama forget that he will soon hear passionate calls on a wide range of issues, Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) today called on the Democrat to pardon imprisoned border agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean–a hot-button issue for immigration activists.The agents' case has been a rallying cry for immigration hard-liners like Tancredo, but it has garnered attention from centrists and liberals as well — Democrats Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.), joined calls for an examination of the case.Ramos and Compean are serving prison sentences for shooting a man near the Texas-Mexico border in 2005....
  • Pray for border agents compean and ramos

    11/04/2008 9:13:01 PM PST · by curling · 6 replies · 317+ views
    me | 11/04/08 | Curling
    Please pray for border agents Compean and Ramos. I doubt they'll get pardoned now.
  • Request for Sarah (Ramos & Compean)

    10/27/2008 10:21:15 PM PDT · by curling · 2 replies · 207+ views
    me | 10/27/08 | Curling
    Dear Sarah, I know you're pretty busy with the campaign trail, and there's a plethora of people seeking your time, but I ask for an indulgence of your time. As I write this, US border agents Ramos & Compean are rotting in a Federal prison. Their court verdicts are bogus, the testimony of their accuser tainted, while the federal prosecutor hides a hidden agenda. Radio talk show hosts Gleen Beck, Laura Ingraham and Shawn Hannity (to name a few) have championed their cause, but the current administration refuses to listen to the public's letters/petitions/newly discovered evidence. Sarah, I ask that...
  • Afghan president 'pardoned rapists'

    08/26/2008 9:17:40 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 7 replies · 204+ views
    NowPublic ^ | August 24, 2008 | Staff
    The Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, has pardoned three men who had been found guilty of gang raping a woman in the northern province of Samangan. The woman, Sara, and her family found out about the pardon only when they saw the rapists back in their village. “Everyone was shocked,” said Sara’s husband, Dilawar, who like many Afghans uses only one name. “These were men who had been sentenced and found guilty by the Supreme Court, walking around freely.” Sara’s case highlights concerns about the close relationship between the Afghan president and men accused of war crimes and human rights abuses....
  • That's Rich (Secretive Mark Rich, pardoned by Clinton, suddenly being very public at swanky parties)

    08/11/2008 12:14:36 PM PDT · by Stoat · 10 replies · 2,573+ views
    The Evening Standard (U.K.) ^ | August 11, 2008 | Keith Dovkants
    Return of the exile: Marc Rich at the party hosted by his ex-wife Denise (second from left)   That's RichKeith Dovkants, Evening Standard 11.08.08     Few recognised the avuncular American chuckling with Naomi Campbell at one of the summer's most spectacular parties in St Tropez. Tanned, sporting an unbuttoned cerise silk shirt, he seemed perfectly at ease among the guests aboard the motor yacht Lady Joy where Ivana Trump, Joan Collins and 500 or so others partied to a Moulin Rouge theme. Some may have wondered why certain guests seemed to hold the affable American in such awe....
  • Hill letter urges Bush 'review' of jailed agents' case (Duncan Hunter Alert)

    07/30/2008 8:15:10 PM PDT · by pissant · 91 replies · 929+ views
    Wash times ^ | 7/30/08 | Jerry Seper
    Thirty-one members of Congress on Wednesday asked President Bush for an "immediate review" of the convictions of former Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who were sentenced in 2006 to lengthy prison terms for shooting a drug-smuggling suspect in the buttocks as he fled back to Mexico. "Should you be unwilling to pardon Agents Ramos and Compean, as some of us have advocated, we ask that you then consider commuting their sentences to time served," the Republican lawmakers said in a letter. "Your intervention in this matter will not only serve to correct this injustice, but also help...
  • Lawmaker wants to strip governor's pardon power (Mississippi)

    07/27/2008 6:07:53 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 21 replies · 754+ views
    Sun Herald ^ | July 26, 2008 | By KAREN NELSON
    PASCAGOULA -- Brandon Jones was 12 when Adrienne Klasky Graham's ex-husband gunned her down at a busy intersection in Pascagoula, but he remembers it and the effect it had on his community. His sister went to school with one of Adrienne's young sons. People he knew talked about it. "All of us living in Pascagoula in 1989 remember that day," said Jones, now a young attorney representing Pascagoula in the Legislature. "And to know that someone can shoot someone in the plain light of day and walk free less than 20 years later. The governor's action has broken open...
  • Marion Jones: Pardon me, Mr. President

    07/19/2008 4:03:53 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 40 replies · 185+ views
    N Y Daily News ^ | Saturday, July 19th 2008, 5:44 PM | BY TERI THOMPSON
    Sent to jail by a judge who said he didn’t believe she had owned up to her involvement in steroids and a check-cashing scheme, track star Marion Jones has now turned to a different kind of judge - President Bush.
  • If President, Obama Says He Wouldn't Pardon (Barry Hussein's friend/fundraiser pal) Rezko

    06/05/2008 8:22:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies · 85+ views
    CBS 2 Chicago ^ | 6/05/08 | Mike Puccinelli
    If President, Obama Says He Wouldn't Pardon RezkoJun 5, 2008 5:59 pm US/Central Reporting Mike Puccinelli CHICAGO (CBS) - Convicted fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko cannot count on U.S. Sen. Barack Obama to help him get out of prison. **SNIP** Rezko has known Obama since he entered politics and was involved in a 2005 real estate deal with the Democratic presidential candidate, although testimony barely touched on their relationship. **SNIP** He was one of the governor's biggest fundraisers, but now Rezko is sitting in the slammer potentially facing years behind bars. CBS 2 Legal Analyst Irv Miller said, "Rezko right now...
  • Ryan's hope Ex-Gov. Thompson to seek presidential commutation for former governor

    05/28/2008 9:44:23 PM PDT · by endthematrix · 29 replies · 429+ views
    SUNTIMES ^ | May 28, 2008 | NATASHA KORECKI
    The highest court in the land refused to hear his plea. Now only one person can help George Ryan: President Bush. » Click to enlarge image Former Gov. Jim Thompson will ask President Bush to commute former Gov. George Ryan's prison sentence. The Supreme Court rejected Ryan's appeal to overturn his conviction on corruption charges on Tuesday. (Sun-Times) RELATED STORIESComplete Ryan trial coverage Pardon vs. commutation What's the difference between a pardon and a commutation? Pardon: Erases a conviction, such as a felony. Commutation: Conviction stands, but erases prison term, or trades a longer sentence with a shorter one. (Gov....
  • Pardon Ramos and Compean

    05/16/2008 9:51:33 AM PDT · by kingattax · 112 replies · 169+ views
    Washington Times ^ | May 15, 2008
    If President Bush would simply pardon the unjustly imprisoned former Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, we could all rest much easier knowing that in the United States, a foreign drug smuggler's word does not prevail over the word of federal agents in the line of duty. This week, the Kentucky-based group, Christians Reviving America's Values, filed an ethics complaint with the Texas Bar Association to investigate U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton, whom the group argues willfully misled a jury to convict the agents. Here is a refresher on the case for those who need it: Messrs. Ramos and...
  • 'Ramos, Compean must ask for clemency' 'there's a process' for pardons

    05/01/2008 5:14:19 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 149 replies · 113+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 5-1-08 | unattributed
    The two former U.S. Border Patrol agents who were sentenced to prison terms of more than a decade each for shooting at a drug smuggler who dumped a load in the United States, then fled on foot back into Mexico rather than be arrested, must ask if they want clemency in their cases, according to the White House. "There is a process under which anyone can apply for a pardon or a commutation. And if they want to take advantage of that process, they're absolutely welcome to," Dana Perino, the White House spokeswoman, told WND today. She was responding to...
  • The Clintons' Terror Pardons

    02/12/2008 3:17:39 AM PST · by Puzzleman · 56 replies · 735+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 12, 2008 | Debra Burlingame
    -- snip -- On Aug. 7, 1999, the one-year anniversary of the U.S. African embassy bombings that killed 257 people and injured 5,000, President Bill Clinton reaffirmed his commitment to the victims of terrorism, vowing that he "will not rest until justice is done." Four days later, while Congress was on summer recess, the White House quietly issued a press release announcing that the president was granting clemency to 16 imprisoned members of FALN. What began as a simple paragraph on the AP wire exploded into a major controversy...
  • Bush Asked To Pardon Saudi Man in Colo. Prison

    01/18/2008 4:35:14 AM PST · by Alouette · 44 replies · 17,889+ views
    CBS Denver ^ | Jan. 18, 2008 | Rick Sallinger
    DENVER (CBS4) ― President Bush heard a request to release a man in a Colorado prison during his visit to Saudi Arabia. Homaidan Al-Turki is behind bars awaiting the outcome of an appeal. A court convicted him in 2006 of sexually assaulting and enslaving his Indonesian maid in his Aurora home.
  • Pardon Ramos and Compean now[Washington Times Editorial]

    12/18/2007 5:54:38 AM PST · by BGHater · 21 replies · 97+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 17 Dec 2007 | Washington Times Editorial
    Last week, the White House released a list of 29 pardons issued by President Bush. It included drug dealers, carjackers, a moonshiner, a man convicted of stealing government property and another for receiving kickbacks in military procurement contracts. Conspicuously missing were former U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean — who are currently serving 11- and 12-year federal prison sentences, respectively, for shooting a suspected drug smuggler in the buttocks on Feb, 17, 2005, about 30 miles southeast of El Paso. The border agents were convicted by a federal jury on charges that included assault with a...
  • No Holiday Pardon for 'Scooter' Libby

    12/11/2007 3:18:52 PM PST · by SmithL · 31 replies · 1,918+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/11/7 | LARA JAKES JORDAN, Associated Press Writer
    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...
  • Bush Urged to Free Ex-Agents(Rep. Bill Delahunt, Massachusetts Democrat)

    12/07/2007 12:42:50 PM PST · by kellynla · 20 replies · 548+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 7, 2007 | Jerry Seper and Sara Carter
    President Bush should immediately commute the prison sentences of two former U.S. Border Patrol agents convicted in the shooting of a drug-smuggling suspect, says the chairman of a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee. Rep. Bill Delahunt, Massachusetts Democrat who heads the subcommittee on international organizations, human rights and oversight, said in a resolution yesterday the 11- and 12-year sentences for Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean, respectively, were "profoundly disproportionate" based on federal sentencing guidelines. Ramos, 37, and Compean, 28, were sentenced in October 2006 for shooting Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila in the buttocks in February 2005 when he was running from a...
  • Briton Pardoned in Sudan Islam Insult

    12/03/2007 6:57:15 AM PST · by Turret Gunner A20 · 52 replies · 54+ views
    Peoplepc online/Associated Press ^ | Monday, December 3, 2007 | Staff
    KHARTOUM, Sudan - A British teacher jailed for insulting Islam after allowing her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad was released Monday when Sudan's president pardoned her, a British Embassy spokesman said. The conviction of Gillian Gibbons under Sudan's Islamic Sharia law shocked Britons and many Muslims worldwide. It also inflamed passions among many Sudanese, some of whom called for her execution. Snip
  • ...and pardon these two!! (Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean)

    11/24/2007 5:16:09 AM PST · by Salena Zito · 283 replies · 243+ views
    ... & pardon these 2 Saturday, November 24, 2007 The degrading, draconian and disgraceful incarceration of former Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean indicates President George W. Bush, the self-anointed compassionate conservative, is capable of stone-cold stupidity. By doing their duty along the near-lawless border with Mexico, Messrs. Ramos and Compean have become tragic symbols of this nation's gross incompetence regarding enforcement of immigration law.
  • Turkey pardon tradition may be tall tale

    11/22/2007 2:47:57 PM PST · by Santa Fe_Conservative · 16 replies · 115+ views
    The Washington Post via Arkcity ^ | 11/22/07 | Monica Hesse
    WASHINGTON -- Tuesday morning in the Rose Garden, President Bush promised May the turkey that he would not be served with a side of yams on Thanksgiving. Nor would May's pal Flower. Oh, happy day. The Thanksgiving presidential turkey pardon. It's a tradition, major newspapers have reported for years, that began in 1947 with President Harry Truman -- a sentimental reprieve from the man who had thumbs-upped two atomic bombs. "To paraphrase Harry today," Bush said, "you cannot take the heat -- and you're definitely going to stay out of the kitchen." Americans gobbled up this annual parable of mercy....
  • A day in the life of President Bush (photos) 11-20-2007

    11/20/2007 4:43:41 PM PST · by Kaslin · 138 replies · 240+ views
    Today, President Bush pardoned the National Thanksgiving Turkey and his alternate during the 60th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation. Thousands of votes were cast to name the Thanksgiving Turkey and his alternate Thanksgiving at the White House, 2007 This year marks the 60th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation. Though live Thanksgiving turkeys have been presented intermittently to presidents since the Lincoln administration, the current ceremony dates to 1947, when the first National Thanksgiving Turkey was presented to President Harry Truman.The presentation at times has brushed against broader history. For example, the November 1963 event was one of President...
  • Paey given full pardon; Crist orders him freed today

    09/20/2007 3:27:17 PM PDT · by secretagent · 52 replies · 290+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | September 20, 2007 | unknown
    TALLAHASSEE -- Richard Paey is a chronic pain patient in year three of a 25-year mandatory-minimum sentence for trafficking in drugs -- his own pain medication. But his freedom is just hours away. Gov. Charlie Crist and the Florida Cabinet voted unanimously to grant Paey a full pardon Thursday morning for his 2004 conviction on drug trafficking and possession charges. "We aim to right a wrong and exercise compassion and to do it with grace," the governor said. "Congratulations ... and I state he should be released today." With that, Paey's wife Linda, their three children, a family friend and...
  • Bush Won't Promise to Pardon Border Agents

    07/21/2007 7:28:09 AM PDT · by kellynla · 121 replies · 2,114+ views
    world net daily ^ | July 20, 2007 | staff
    Questioned by an audience member at a forum, President Bush said he could not promise to pardon former U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. "I'm not going to make that kind of promise in a forum like this," Bush said at the Nashville event yesterday, which focused on his budget. Bush referred to the U.S. attorney responsible for the case, Johnny Sutton, as "a dear friend of mine" and called him a "fair guy" and "even-handed," according to a White House transcript. The president elicited laughter when he told the questioner, "You've got a nice smile, but...
  • Senate tells Bush not to pardon Libby

    07/20/2007 1:14:47 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 83 replies · 2,341+ views
    Associated Press (excerpt) ^ | July 20, 2007 | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON - A brawl over presidential pardons punctured the normally courtly ambiance of the Senate on Thursday night, but Republicans and Democrats agreed to bury the hatchet and erase the evidence before the sun rose Friday. In the heat of a partisan spat, Democrats forced a vote on a nonbinding measure to instruct President Bush not to pardon former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. But there's no record of the 47-49 vote in the daily record of congressional proceedings — or anywhere else. That's because senators agreed less than an hour later to undo their vote...
  • More on the Clemency Question

    07/10/2007 5:39:21 AM PDT · by bhamlett · 10 replies · 903+ views
    News 24 ^ | July 10, 2007 | Brad Hamlett
    Washington - The chief Democrat probing President George W Bush's decision to erase the prison sentence of a former White House aide said on Sunday there is "the suspicion" the aide might have fingered others in the Bush administration if he served time. House Judiciary Committee chair John Conyers spoke of "the general impression" that Bush last week commuted I Lewis "Scooter" Libby's 2½-year sentence in the CIA leak case to keep Libby quiet... Bush contended Libby's sentence was too harsh. Libby was convicted of lying and obstructing justice in an investigation into the leak of a CIA officer's identity.
  • Recalling the politics of the Clinton pardons

    07/09/2007 5:45:37 AM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 9 replies · 763+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 07/07/2007 | Michael Goodwin
    One of the weaknesses of Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign is that imagining her in the Oval Office brings to mind the scandals that marked her husband's time as president. Especially now, when she is trotting old Bubba out to rev up the faithful, the sordid past undermines her and boosts Barack Obama's promise for a different kind of politics. The list of investigations, allegations and a few convictions during the Clinton administration was so long and tangled that the cases now morph into a fog. Distinctions among Travelgate and Whitewater and FileGate and GiftGate and the $100,000 commodities windfall get...
  • (2006 article) BILL PARDONED TERROR (by Joe Connor, whose dad was murdered by the FALN)

    07/08/2007 11:16:01 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 5 replies · 536+ views
    NY POST; Joe's email ^ | July 8, 2007 | Joe Connor
    NOTE: I had Joe as a guest on my Rightalk Radio show a few years ago and am trying to get him on other shows. If you know of a host who wants him on, I have his contact info. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ (Joe has written a current op-ed for the NY POST and hopes they will publish it) BILL PARDONED TERROR FALN CLEMENCY ENCOURAGED KILLERS By JOSEPH F. CONNER Killed by the FALN: Frank T. Connor, the author's father. September 27, 2006 -- BILL Clinton's scath ing, defensive attack against Chris Wall ace and Fox News on Sunday left me once...
  • GOD BLESS AMERICA * SCOOTER SCOOTS (Lydia Cornell, "Too Close For Comfort", On Scooter Libby)

    07/06/2007 10:49:05 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 9 replies · 408+ views ^ | July 3, 2007 | Lydia cornell
    Scooter Libby Roundup FACE THE FACTS: The reason Bush commuted Scooter Libby's sentence was SO LIBBY WOULDN'T TALK. Bush “guaranteed not only that Libby wouldn’t talk, but retaining Libby’s right to invoke the Fifth. This amounts to nothing less than obstruction of justice.” Now, the Bush administration is legally protected from having to answer questions. If Libby had been in prison, anyone could have gotten to him. Now, no one can get Libby to say a word about the real culprits, which are obviously Rove and Cheney/Bush. **First of all, it's vitally important to understand what Valerie Plame was actually...
  • Libby's Clemency Justified, Unlike Many Clinton Pardons

    07/06/2007 4:17:46 PM PDT · by lancer256 · 3 replies · 466+ views ^ | 07/06/07 | david limbaugh
    I understand the angst of certain rule of law proponents upset by President Bush's commutation of Scooter Libby's conviction. But most of the people outraged by it have no credibility, since they were utterly indifferent to the Clintons' habitual mockery of the rule of law and prolific and shady abuse of the pardon power during their co-presidency. As the president clearly has the constitutional authority to pardon or commute sentences for almost any reason, the issue isn't one of authority, but propriety. As a rule of law conservative I don't take lightly such executive interventions in the judicial process, believing...
  • Lewis Libby still in US Bureau of Prison census

    07/06/2007 6:10:19 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 28 replies · 611+ views
    US Bureau of Prisons ^ | 07.06.07 | Perdogg
    I guess someone thinks he still going to show up.
  • A Decision Made Largely Alone [Libby-Commuting the Jail Term]

    07/02/2007 8:47:31 PM PDT · by freespirited · 47 replies · 1,396+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 7/3/07 | Michael Abramowitz
    President Bush limited his deliberations over commuting the jail term of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby to a few close aides, opting not to consult with the Justice Department and rebuffing efforts by close friends to lobby on Libby's behalf, administration officials and people close to Bush said yesterday. "We were all told to stay away from it," said an old Bush friend from Texas who is close to Libby and would not speak for attribution. "When we called over there, they said the president is well aware of the situation, so don't raise it. None of us lobbied him because...
  • A Remembrance Of Pardons Past

    07/05/2007 7:32:24 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 11 replies · 683+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 4 July 2007 | Staff
    Justice: Those who criticize President Bush's decision to commute Scooter Libby's 30-month prison sentence should remember: The punishment should fit the crime. And in this case, there wasn't one. Yet, that hasn't stopped Bush's foes from going into high dudgeon about Bush letting Libby avoid jail. The New York Times editorialized that Bush, rather than showing basic decency, "sounded like a man worried about what a former loyalist might say when actually staring into a prison cell." Presidential candidate and media darling Barack Obama opined this demonstrated how the Bush White House has "consistently placed itself and its ideology above...
  • Michael Ramirez Cartoon: Amnesty For Libby!

    07/05/2007 7:24:27 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 4 replies · 1,300+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 4 July 2007 | Michael Ramirez
    What does it take to get President Bush to pardon Scooter Libby? Michael Ramirez has the answer here.
  • If Libby were lowly, he'd be doing time (Barf Alert)

    07/05/2007 6:54:43 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 34 replies · 552+ views
    The Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 7/4/07 | Cynthia Tucker
    No prison time for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. Not a year, not a month, not a day. Unlike the unconnected, the unrich, the uncelebrated —who are shunted off to do their time unceremoniously — the former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney has been spared the indignity of a prison cell. President Bush says he commuted Libby's sentence because he considered it "excessive." So, while the president "respects the jury's verdict," he clearly disrespects the values of U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton, who was first appointed to the bench by President Ronald Reagan. If 30 months in prison —...
  • FReep a Poll

    07/04/2007 7:57:21 PM PDT · by Sir Hailstone · 21 replies · 1,040+ views
    Time for all good FReepers to FReep a poll. The moonbats have skewed this poll in the wrong direction. and go to the Cyberpoll "Do you support President Bush's decision to commute Scooter Libby's sentence?"
  • Pardon Hillary

    07/04/2007 10:28:59 AM PDT · by skimbell · 17 replies · 738+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | July 4th 2007 | Michael Goodwin
    One of the weaknesses of Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign is that imagining her in the Oval Office brings to mind the scandals that marked her husband's time as President. Especially now, when she is trotting old Bubba out to rev up the faithful, the sordid past undermines her and boosts Barack Obama's promise for a different kind of politics. The list of investigations, allegations and a few convictions during the Clinton administration was so long and tangled that the cases now morph into a fog. Distinctions among Travelgate and Whitewater and FileGate and GiftGate and the $100,000 commodities windfall get...
  • Flashback: In 2001, Nets Not So Fast to Jump on Bill Clinton's Pardon of Marc Rich

    07/04/2007 8:02:52 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 3 replies · 528+ views ^ | July 3, 2007 | Brent Baker
    Flashback: In 2001, Nets Not So Fast to Jump on Bill Clinton's Pardon of Marc Rich Posted by Brent Baker on July 3, 2007 - 18:00. Back in 2001, the broadcast network evening shows weren't quite so fast to jump on President Bill Clinton's Inauguration Day morning pardon of Marc Rich, a fugitive from justice over fraud and tax evasion, who was hiding overseas and whose ex-wife was a big Democratic contributor. ABC's World News got to it a day later, but it took the NBC Nightly News another day. The CBS Evening News didn't bother reporting it until the...
  • Panic Over Possible Pardon, ABC Compares Libby Case to Plight of Cocaine Dealer

    07/04/2007 7:22:39 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 29 replies · 1,184+ views ^ | July 3, 2007 | Brent Baker
    Panic Over Possible Pardon, ABC Compares Libby Case to Plight of Cocaine Dealer Posted by Brent Baker on July 3, 2007 - 20:28. Broadcast network anchors and reporters on Tuesday night seemed to be in a near panic over the possibility President Bush might yet pardon Lewis “Scooter” Libby, while ABC's Martha Raddatz illustrated special treatment for Libby by highlighting a man sentenced to 20 years for selling cocaine, whose commutation request Bush rejected, and Martha Stewart who served five months for violations similar to Libby's. With “Libby PARDON?” on screen, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams warned that Bush...
  • Bush: Pardon for Libby Remains on the Table (Ultra Barf Alert)[Fred Thompson mentioned]

    07/03/2007 8:15:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 903+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | July 3, 2007 | John Nichols
    Prospective Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson and a few others on the extreme fringe of the lawless right have complained that George Bush was insufficiently generous to I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby when the president commuted the 30-month prison sentence of the convicted felon who had served as his counselor and Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff. Not to worry. Bush says he may have more favors in the works for Libby, whose deep involvement in the plotting to discredit former Ambassador Joe Wilson by outing his wife, Valerie Plame Wilson, as a CIA operative continues to make him a...
  • Bill Clinton Criticizes Bush on Libby Move

    07/03/2007 8:07:33 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 132 replies · 3,838+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 4, 2007 | PATRICK HEALY
    Former President Bill Clinton criticized President Bush on Tuesday for commuting the prison sentence of I. Lewis Libby Jr. and tried to draw a distinction from his own controversial pardons. In Iowa to promote the presidential candidacy of his wife, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, Mr. Clinton was asked by a radio host, David Yepsen, “You had some controversial pardons during your presidency; what’s your reaction to what President Bush did?” “Yeah, but I think the facts were different,” Mr. Clinton said. “I think there are guidelines for what happens when somebody is convicted. You’ve got to understand,...
  • Hillary Clinton Slams Bush Over Libby Maneuver

    07/03/2007 5:28:04 PM PDT · by jdm · 42 replies · 1,039+ views
    AP ^ | July 03, 2007 | By MIKE GLOVER
    KEOKUK, Iowa - Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton drew a distinction between President Bush's decision to commute the sentence of White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby - which she has harshly criticized - and her husband's 140 pardons in his closing hours in office. "I believe that presidential pardon authority is available to any president, and almost all presidents have exercised it," Clinton said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "This (the Libby decision) was clearly an effort to protect the White House. ... There isn't any doubt now, what we know is that Libby was...
  • Hillary Clinton and the Power of Pardon

    07/03/2007 3:10:30 PM PDT · by mission9 · 14 replies · 597+ views
    Associated Content ^ | 07--3-07 | Ranger
    Senator Hillary Clinton of New York issued the following statement on President Bush’s decision to commute the sentence of Scooter Libby: "Today's decision is yet another example that this Administration simply considers itself above the law. This case arose from the Administration's politicization of national security intelligence and its efforts to punish those who spoke out against its policies. Four years into the Iraq war, Americans are still living with the consequences of this White House's efforts to quell dissent. This commutation sends the clear signal that in this Administration, cronyism and ideology trump competence and justice." Pardon and Commutation...