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Buddy Posted on 3/7 12:06
Bush commutes Libby sentence

Does the executive trump the judiciary in the US then? I thought they were separated for a reason.......

Link: BBC

PV86 Posted on 3/7 12:08
re: Bush commutes Libby sentence

Disgraceful decision from a morally bankrupt president.

captain5 Posted on 3/7 12:09
re: Bush commutes Libby sentence

I hope the Democrats remember to criticise Clinton for all the pardons he issued just before he stepped aside.

This decision stinks but it's not as though both parties haven't done it before.

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PumpingGnome Posted on 3/7 12:10
re: Bush commutes Libby sentence

Not without precedent....

"Now, therefore, I, Gerald R. Ford, President of the United States, pursuant to the pardon power conferred upon me by Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, have granted and by these presents do grant a full, free, and absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may have committed or taken part in during the period from July (January) 20, 1969 through August 9, 1974."

Gerry Ford, September 1974.

But not an uncommon occurrence - loads of pardons by presidents in the past. This one was probably the most famous, though.

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zaphod Posted on 3/7 12:10
re: Bush commutes Libby sentence

Libby was just taking the fall for Cheney. I felt quite sorry for him.

captain5 Posted on 3/7 12:11
re: Bush commutes Libby sentence

Clinton pardoned his own brother.

Buddy Posted on 3/7 12:13
re: Bush commutes Libby sentence

Can the Queen still do pardons? I'm just thinking about little Leo growing up with his Dad in prison........

Kilburn Posted on 3/7 12:19
re: Bush commutes Libby sentence

Politically-motivated pardons from outgoing presidents have been around a long time, and in terms of justice they stink.

However, as with many of the worst aspects of US governance, Bush has cranked it up a notch further by not even waiting until he leaves office before exercising the power.

That is new, I believe.