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July 2, 2007

Fitzgerald's reaction to the Bush communtation of Libby's prison sentence

Thanks to TalkLeft, which has lots and lots of Libby talk, you can access here Patrick Fitzgerald's statement on President Bush's commutation of Scooter Libby's sentence.  Here is the heart of Fitz's response to Bush's sentencing judgment:

We comment only on the statement in which the President termed the sentence imposed by the judge as "excessive."  The sentence in this case was imposed pursuant to the laws governing sentencings which occur every day throughout this country. In this case, an experienced federal judge considered extensive argument from the parties and then imposed a sentence consistent with the applicable laws.  It is fundamental to the rule of law that all citizens stand before the bar of justice as equals.  That principle guided the judge during both the trial and the sentencing.

Relatedly, Bill Richardson is quoted here asking this question in response to Bush's sentencing decision: "Will the President also commute the sentences of others who obstructed justice and lied to grand juries, or only those who act to protect President Bush and Vice President Cheney?"

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Does the name Susan McDougal ring any bells?

Posted by: federalist | Jul 2, 2007 9:50:59 PM

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