Sunday, December 7, 2008

Watch List: Washington Times Calls for Pardons

Am editorial in the Washington Times argues Conrad Black was "harshly punished" and Scooter Libby "should have been prosecuted." So, President Bush should commute the six and a half year sentence of Black and pardon Libby. On the other hand, former Border Patrol agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos "deserve both a pardon and commutation."

The piece notes Black "has already paid $6.1 million to Hollinger International Inc., the company whose shareholders were defrauded, and a fine of $125,000." Libby "has also paid fines ... been stripped of his law license, faces two years of supervised release and is required to perform 400 hours of community service." But the Times says "the most egregious case of injustice" is that of Compean and Ramos. The justice system "failed to recognize that these border guards were rightfully carrying out their duties." See full editorial here.

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