Nothing like a Bush for encouraging massive lawbreaking and then pardoning your minions:
Bush Spares Libby From Prison
Monday, July 2, 2007
(07-02) 14:47 PDT WASHINGTON, (AP) —
President Bush spared former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby from a 2 1/2-year prison term on Monday, issuing an order that commutes his sentence.
This is a breaking news update. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby cannot delay his 2 1/2-year prison term in the CIA leak case, a federal appeals panel unanimously ruled Monday.
The decision is a major setback for Libby, who is running out of legal options and who probably will have to surrender to prison in weeks. The ruling puts pressure on President Bush, who has been sidestepping calls by Libby’s allies to pardon the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.
Libby was convicted in March of lying and obstructing the investigation into the 2003 leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity. He is the highest-ranking White House official ordered to prison since the Iran-Contra affair.
More on this story when we become less apoplectic and stop throwing stuff around the room like an American Tourister ape.
UPDATE (5:01 PM PDT)
Here’s what tomorrow’s headline OUGHT to be:
Paris Hilton has to go to jail; Scooter Libby doesn’t.
UPDATE II (7:01 AM PDT 3JULY07)
It would seem that the Paris Hilton-Scooter Libby connection is a strong metaphor in the minds of dutiful columnists everywhere.
The cliché early warning system is fully operational and tests out just fine.