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Bush's leniency for Libby doesn't jibe with administration's push to enforce mandatory minimum sentences
President Bush's rationale for sparing Lewis "Scooter'' Libby from prison -- that his 2 1/2-year sentence was more severe than the former vice presidential aide deserved for lying to a grand jury -- is at odds with his support of new legislation that, by the administration's description, would make such sentences mandatory.
The president's critics are contrasting his leniency for Libby with his overall advocacy of stiff sentences, his insistence that federal prosecutors seek strict compliance with sentencing guidelines, and the Justice Department's support of life terms for petty thieves with long criminal records under California's "three strikes" law.
Defense lawyers in San Francisco and elsewhere, meanwhile, have seized on Bush's commutation to argue for lighter sentences for white-collar defendants -- filing what some attorneys are calling "Libby motions." <more>