Monday, December 22, 2008

WSJ: Pardon for Libby

The Wall Street Journal is calling on President Bush to grant a full and unconditional pardon to I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. Doing so, says the Journal, will "improve" Bush's "legacy" and undo "a measure of the injustice inflicted on" Libby. Going further, the Journal says President's 2007 commutation of Libby's prison sentence "reflected poorly on the President," who "treated Mr. Libby at a chilly arm's length."

Of course, it is now well known that Libby did not "leak" Valerie Plame's name to journalist Robert Novak - Richard Armitage, who was never prosecuted, did. The Journal adds that based on "the trial record" and "long experience" with Mr. Libby, it is safe to say that he did not lie. His memory simply "faltered in recalling the details of long ago conversations." It is also noted that Libby's lawyers "attempted to call an expert on memory as a witness at the trial, but the judge refused on the remarkable grounds that everyone knows about memory." As a result, "an honest man became the fall guy in a larger political war over the war." See full editorial here.

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