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July 2nd, 2007
July 2nd, 2007
July 2nd, 2007
July 2nd, 2007
July 2nd, 2007

[User Picture]So Scotter doesn't go to jail.

He's still a convicted felon, still gets the fine (moderate peanuts at his rank) and the probation (light to moderate due to rank) but... above and beyond all else, he's still a felon. Bush called this one carefully, and I believe waited until Libby was actually assigned a prisoner number on purpose for the symbolic gesture of Scooter's prisoner number going on public record.

Scooter is 57, that's fairly old by prisoner standards AFAIK, and at one time people would often get early parole due to their age at that level or shortly afterwards. And at that rank, as evidenced by the recent Paris Hilton nonsense if she hadn't kept being stupid and brainless, he was unlikely to serve time in anything but a quiet, down-tempo cell regardless, if not at home. Or in one of the 'rental cells' with better amenities that are made available these days in fact for a fee. (Google for it, I'm being lazy.)

So believe it or not, I agree with what Bush did this time. Scooter's still a felon. That's a HUGE penalty in the US, really. You lose a lot of rights (voting in many states, gun/ammo possession, most licensed professions and some others, ability to hold public office, and others) once you're a felon. But Bush did something he knew was functionally-null, dropping the actual prison time without dropping the conviction or other components of the sentence.1 commentLeave a comment
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