King George commuted I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's sentence today, sparing Cheney's Fall Guy two and half years behind bars. Bush made his move just hours after a federal appeals panel determined "Enough already! Get thee to jail, Mr. Libby!"
The Decider thought otherwise.
"I respect the jury's verdict. But I have concluded (decided) that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive. Therefore, I am commuting the portion of Mr. Libby's sentence that required him to spend thirty months in prison.
The reputation he gained through his years of public service and professional work in the legal community is forever damaged. (Uh, what about Valerie Plame's career, George?) His wife and young children have also suffered immensely. He will remain on probation. The significant fines imposed by the judge will remain in effect. The consequences of his felony conviction on his former life as a lawyer, public servant and private citizen will be long-lasting."
As Independence Day approaches, the King's commutation of Libby's sentence serves as yet another slap-in-the-face reminder to the 2,193,798 Americans doing time in U.S. prisons...
"Liberty and justice for all" is just a catchy American phrase reminiscent of a George Cohan tune.