Tuesday, July 03, 2007

President Bush grants clemency for Libby

Yesterday, President Bush used his pardon powers to grant clemency to I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, after the appeals court turned down his request to avoid jail until his appeals were complete. The President left in place the two years of probation and the $250,000 fine, but granted clemency on the jail term.

The president has released a statement explaining this decision, as well as a copy of the grant of clemency.

We posted on the jury's decision before on this blog, check out that entry.

Want to read more about reaction to and the lead up to this decision? Check out the Washington Post's "A Decision Made Largely Alone."

Want to read the section of the constitution that gives the President this power? Check out Article II, Section II of this online transcript from the National Archives.

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