President Bush just commuted the sentence of Scooter Libby but he didn't pardon him. I guess pardoning him would have been too risky eh? This sends the message that sure, maybe the guy is guilty but why should he serve the time?
Is Scooter Libby guilty? A jury said so. While I think this attack on him was politically motivated I'm not an expert on the case. Did he receive a harsh sentence? I don't know. What is the average sentence for someone convicted for the same crime? If it was less or more than the norm, it was harsh.
But...in all the cases the President could have gotten himself involved in why this one? Gee, I bet there are thousands of people in prison all over the country whose sentences are too harsh, many who shouldn't even be in prison.
How about Texas Deputy Sheriff Gilmer Hernandez who I spoke of recently? This guy was doing his job and sentenced to one year and one day in prison for nabbing illegals and injuring them when they were trying to run him over in their van.
How about Lt. Colonel Jeffrey Chessani, a decorated war hero who is being treated as a scapegoat for the Marine Corps in relation to the killings at Haditha of which he had no prior knowledge, did not witness and did not sanction.
What about border patrol agents Compean and Ramos who in the course of doing their job nailed a drug smuggler--a criminal who was in turn given immunity to testify against the agents?
What about the many people every year who are falsely imprisoned or given unfair sentences for minor crimes? Who's going to commute their sentences?