Owen then instantly turns her piece into the very best of this news cycle by referencing an real, true "expert" on federal executive clemency:
Some experts said a clemency petition might be a tough sell for President George Bush.Bush not only has a reputation for being stingy with his clemency powers but also may be concerned with his legacy as he prepares to leave office, they said. However, President Bill Clinton ended the finals hours of his second term with controversial presidential pardons."President Bush has shown almost no interest in the clemency power," said Daniel Kobil, a law professor at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, and an expert in clemency. "I think he would be a pretty tough audience unless you had some kind of connection to him like [Lewis] 'Scooter' Libby."How about that! See Owen's complete article here.
In July, Bush commuted the 30-month prison sentence of Libby, a former White House aide who was convicted of perjury and obstruction in the leak of a CIA operative's identity. U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald, whose office investigated Ryan, was the special counsel who led the Libby probe. "A federal commutation is as rare as hen's teeth," Kobil said. "It just doesn't happen very often. That's why the Libby commutation was so striking."