BREAKING: Bush Commutes Libby Sentence
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Just hours after the DC Circuit affirmed the order requiring Scooter Libby to face jail time pending the appeal of his conviction, President Bush used the presidential pardon power to commute Libby's sentence, thus sparing him jail time while leaving in place the conviction - thus, an unsentenced conviction for a victimless crime:
President Bush Monday spared former vice presidential aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby from going to prison for 2 1/2 years for obstructing the CIA leak investigation, a White House official said.
The official said Bush "has commuted the prison sentence ... leaving intact the probation and fines handed down by the court."
"That means he is not going to jail," the official said.
Now, we get to hear what Hillary Clinton thinks about the proper uses of the pardon power.
UPDATE: Come to think of it, we can also hear Mrs. Clinton discuss whether losing your high federal office is insufficient punishment for perjury.