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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Bush lifts Libby's prison stay

Piclibby In a matter of weeks, I. Lewis Libby Jr. would have been leaving his wife and children and packing his bags for a 2-and-a-half-year prison stay.
But in a surprise move Monday, President Bush commuted that part of his sentence.
From The New York Times:
"The president portrayed his commutation of the sentence, which fell short of a pardon and still requires Mr. Libby to pay a $250,000 fine and be on probation for two years, as a carefully considered compromise.
'I respect the jury’s verdict,' Mr. Bush said in a statement. 'But I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive.'"
Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, will keep his conviction for perjury and obstruction of justice in the C.I.A. leak case.

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