Thursday, May 29, 2008

The President: McClellan Disappointed Re Libby

Sentencing Law and Policy is featuring a passage from Scott McClellan's new book re President Bush's commutation of Scooter Libby 's prison sentence. The link to Vanity Fair seems to be in and out, but here is the passage:

It’s … clear to me that Scooter Libby was guilty of the perjury and obstruction crimes for which he was convicted. When the president commuted Libby’s prison sentence and thereby protected him from serving even one day behind bars, I was disappointed. This kind of special treatment undermines our system of justice …. President Bush certainly has the right and the power to commute Libby’s sentence. But in choosing to do so, he sent an unfortunate message to America and the world — that in the United States criminal behavior on behalf of a political cause may go unpunished if those who support that cause have the power to make it happen.
The ellipses bother me a bit, but one can also see the full Sentencing Law and Policy post here.

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