And after each piece of testimony ask, "You've been convicted for lying before, Mr. Libby. Are you lying again now?"
The Decider has decided that Scooter Libby was just too much of a good Republican white-boy to be allowed to go to jail. Forget the jury; forget the conservative judge; forget the law; forget the position of trust that has been violated. IOKIYAR. From the LA Times:
President Bush today wiped away the prison sentence of convicted former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, saying it was an "excessive" punishment for a "first-time offender with years of exceptional public service." On the day that Libby's last bid to stay out of prison was rejected by an appeals court, Bush said he decided to act - not to pardon Libby of the crime, but to commute his 30-month sentence. Bush's action spares frees Libby from prison, but it does not erase his conviction. It "leaves in place a harsh punishment for Mr. Libby," Bush said, which will likely mean a loss of his license to practice law. Libby also must still serve two years' probation and pay a $250,000 fine.So the question now is, what nasty little bit of crap was Libby promising to spill about the Bush administration? Take careful note: This is not a reduction in the prison sentence. This is a prison sentence which has been completely eliminated.
Talk Left has a great analysis of this event including the statement from prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald.
Cookie Jill has more.
The criminal enterprise just keeps on getting better, doesn't it?