Bush Commutes Libby Sentence

President spares former Cheney aide jail time; conviction remains
By Greg Atwan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2007 5:41 PM CDT

(Newser) – Scooter Libby won't be going to jail: President Bush commuted the former Cheney aide's 30-month sentence for perjury and obstruction of justice tonight, but stopped short of a pardon. The move came hours after a federal appeals court denied Libby's motion for bail pending his appeal.

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The White House said it "respected" the federal jury's verdict against Libby, who was convicted in March of lying to a grand jury about the leak of covert agent Valerie Plame's identity. But Bush called Judge Walton's prison term "excessive," and pointed out that Libby will still have a $250 K fine and a conviction on his record. (Read more Bush administration stories.)

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