We learned yesterday that our President overturned a court’s sentence for convicted perjure and former White House aide Scooter Libby. First off, contrary to what many conservatives are saying, this conviction and sentence were in no way politically motivated. The judge in this case was a very conservative, by the book judge who was appointed by the Bush administration. The Special Prosecutor was also appointed by the Bush administration.
It is nice to know that our President knows more about criminal law and fairness than a federal court. I’m sure he is now going commute the sentences of everyone in this country that has been sent to jail on perjury charges. Fairness, right?
One of my conservative co-workers sent me an e-mail as a pre-emptive strike. The e-mail was a link to the DoJ that lists all of the individuals pardoned by Clinton. I find this somewhat funny. First off, what Clinton did is completely irrelevant to this case. Secondly, this appears to be the old neo-con habit of blame-shifting. Who needs accountability when we can point out the wrong-doings of others? Some others will surely say “well, it’s not like he pardoned Libby.” Just wait! I guarantee Bush will pardon Libby during his closing days of office. I can’t wait to see the DoJ’s list of Bush Pardons. That will surely be a long list of white-collar criminals that made millions from ripping the rest of us off.