Still more sentencing arguments for defendants from the Bush Administration
As stressed in posts here and here and here, President Bush's statement of reasons for commuting Lewis Libby's "excessive" prison sentence provides great material for federal defendants seeking reduced sentences from federal judges. (Intriguingly, this New York Sun article today explains that an "alleged Hamas operative is likely to be among the first criminal defendants to try to capitalize on President Bush's commutation.")It is hard to be certain exactly how judges and others will react to what Ellen Podgor is calling "The Libby Motion". (Peter Henning adds here reasons why the President's work, legally speaking, "has created a bit of a mess on a number of different fronts.") What is certain, however, is that every official effort to defend the commutation creates more potential arguments for defendants and defense lawyers.
Read more @ the Sentencing Law and Policy Blog.
The worms have been let out of the can and they will be invading every court case from East to West and North and South, thanks to the genius-in-chief.
Remember when you were young and Mom said to never lie because it will just grow bigger and bigger?
I guess dubyas Mom forgot to tell him, or he simply chose to ignore it all together.
Bad dubya, bad!
(the little sign on top of the rig in the picture says "Justice", not real clear in the pic)