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THE LIBBY PARDON
I. Lewis Scooter Libby by Associated Press
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June 15, 2007

On June 5, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff to Vice-President Dick Cheney, was sentenced to 30 months in prison after being convicted on March 6 on four counts in a five-count indictment of perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements to FBI investigators.

Libby is the highest ranking White House official convicted of a felony since the Iran-Contra scandals of the 1980's. An appeal of the conviction is still pending.

"I have the highest respect for people who take positions in our government and [try]...to protect this country," remarked U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton, who issued Libby's sentence. He added, "I also think it is important we expect and demand a lot from people who put themselves in those positions. Mr. Libby failed to meet the bar."

But should President Bush pardon Libby? Tell us what you think.
References and Reading:
Judge won't delay Libby prison term
By MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writer, June 14, 2007
"A federal judge said Thursday he will not delay a 2 1/2-year prison sentence for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby in the CIA leak case, a ruling that could send the former White House aide to prison within weeks."

Presidential Pardons by Date
View a chart compiled by The University of Pittsburgh Law School that ranks presidents from Washington to Clinton by date and the number of pardons issued.

NPR: DAY TO DAY: History of Presidential Pardons
by Karen Grigsby Bates, March 7, 2007
"Even before I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's perjury conviction Tuesday, there was speculation that if he was convicted, President Bush would issue a pardon for him. Presidential pardons are a prerogative that began with another George - Washington - in the country's infancy."

"My Reasons For Pardons"
By William Jefferson Clinton, THE NEW YORK TIMES, February, 18, 2001.
"Because of the intense scrutiny and criticism of the pardons of Marc Rich and his partner Pincus Green and because legitimate concerns have been raised, I want to explain what I did and why."

BBC: The Clinton Pardons
"As the outcry continues over pardons granted by Bill Clinton on his last day in office, BBC News Online provides a guide to the key players in the pardoner's tale..."

TIME: The 10 Most Notorious Presidential Pardons
"As many wonder if Bush will pardon Lewis Libby, TIME takes a look back at notorious presidential pardons in American history."

President Gerald R. Ford's Proclamation 4311, Granting a Pardon to Richard Nixon, September 8, 1974
"...It is believed that a trial of Richard Nixon, if it became necessary, could not fairly begin until a year or more has elapsed. In the meantime, the tranquility to which this nation has been restored by the events of recent weeks could be irreparably lost by the prospects of bringing to trial a former President of the United States..."

Ex parte Garland
Supreme Court case from 1876 that cemented the presidential pardon power. Historians testifying before Congress in 2001 often cited Article 9 of this case as reason against proposing a Constitutional amendment that would grant legislative veto power over presidential pardons, a notion floated after the slew of pardons issued by Clinton on his last day in office.

Professor Christopher Schroeder testifies before Senate Judiciary Committee on Amending Presidential Pardon Power, February 14, 2001
"...Any amendment to qualify the President's pardon power ought at the very least to bear the burden of persuasion by pointing out considerations earlier overlooked or under-appreciated which now justify a conclusion opposite to that reached by the Founding generation. The burden here, I would further suggest, is greater than simply convincing us that faced with the task of drafting a Constitution today, we would come to a different conclusion as to whether or not it ought to contain a power identical to in one now found in Article II, Section Two, Clause 1."

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