Kenneth (kensmind) wrote in polloftheday,
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Scooter Libby



Background:

-Lewis "Scooter" Libby used to be Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.
-An investigation was conducted into who had told journalist Bob Novak that Valerie Plame was a CIA operative.
-In the course of that investigation, Libby testified before a grand jury. He was later charged with five counts of perjury (lying to the grand jury) and convicted of four of these counts. He was sentenced to a fine of $250,000 and 30 months in prison and some probation.
-Libby appealed his conviction and sentence. He asked for an order that his prison sentence be delayed until his appeal was concluded. He lost the application for that order.
-On the same day that Libby learned that he would have to serve his sentence, President Bush signed an order commuting Libby's prison sentence. Commuting a sentence is not the same as a pardon. Libby will still have to pay the fine and serve his probation, but will not be required to serve his jail sentence as a result of the President's order.


Poll #1014346 Scooter Libby

What is your opinion of the announcement today that President Bush has commuted the sentence of Scooter Libby?

I am angry and/or outraged about this. Libby is getting special treatment because he is Bush's friend.
31(64.6%)
I'm a little upset about this, but at least it's not a full pardon, Libby still has a criminal record for what he did.
9(18.8%)
I don't condone what Libby did, but I don't like the idea of anyone going to jail so I'm okay with this.
2(4.2%)
I support the President's decision. Libby's perjury is no worse that Clinton's and Clinton didn't have to go to jail.
2(4.2%)
I couldn't care less about any of this, I'm totally apathetic.
2(4.2%)
None of these choices express how I feel, so I'll tell you in a comment.
2(4.2%)
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