Why Commuting Libby’s Sentence Was Crazy Dumb

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Law, The Plame Game

Because of stories like this…

A veteran who spent 14 months in prison for filing a conscientious objector application against redeployment to Iraq has spoken out against the commutation of Scooter Libby’s sentence by President Bush.

“I was imprisoned for 14 months after trying to apply for conscientious objector status after seeing the reality of the Iraq war,” Kevin Benderman, who had to serve his sentence at a prison 3,000 miles from home, said.

Kevin Benderman had served as an army mechanic for 10 years when he developed moral and religious objections to the war in Iraq, after serving there in 2003, and refused to deploy there again. After seeing scenes of devastation in Iraq, and through his readings of both the Bible and the Qu’ran, Kevin Benderman filed an application for conscientious objector status on 28 December 2004.

He was then sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment at a court martial.

Bad move Bush because you just opened up an never-ending, PR nightmare where anybody who can claim that their prison sentence was “excessive” will now get somebody to write about it.

And the kicker? Many of those who get written about probably have a decent argument that their prison sentence is more unjust and excessive than Libby’s.

Hope it was worth it George.


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7 Responses to “Why Commuting Libby’s Sentence Was Crazy Dumb”

  1. Mark Olson Says:

    Are you sure you have the full story there behind why he was sentenced to 15 months?

  2. Justin Gardner Says:

    Here’s another article about his case:
    http://new.savannahnow.com/node/148560

  3. probligo Says:

    Let’s face it. It is not really a case of having the full story behind Benderman.

    Far more important is the full truth behind Libby, not in relation to the Plame affair but as a small glimmer of light in a very large and blacked-out room…

  4. Joshua Says:

    Winds of Change’s “Armed Liberal” put it best: “It’s clear the President Bush is officially in the “Don’t Give A F**k” zone.”

    He must figure by now that he’s hit rock bottom, but as Bob Dylan once wrote, “When you ain’t got nothin’, you’ve got nothin’ to lose.”

  5. Jeremy Says:

    What makes this issue so contentious for me is that Bush is one of the least pardoning president in modern history. This really has nothing to do with the fact Bush has used his power to pardon, or even that
    it is a Rebuplican stalwart that he is pardoning.

    It all comes back to integrity. Recall that Bush said that if “anyone” was found guilty during the course of this investigation there would be no leniency for those who were found guilty. That is of course, unless one of his law breaking lackeys is implicated. In that case Bush already knew that he would cover anyone that covers his corrupt vice president.

    Bush gives his quaint little speeches and uses his Texas colloquial charm to “assure” the American people that he believes in justice. But really he has no respect for the law in this country, nor any respect for world laws for that matter. It’s all about Bush and what Bush wants, there is not a drop of justice that enters into the whole equation.

    When I hear the news commentators saying things like: “He hasn’t been pardoned and his career is ruined. He must pay 250,000 in fines too, that doesn’t sound too lenient to me. I mean, he is a first time offender and this wasn’t a violent crime” it makes me sick. This man will make that money back and then sum when he writes a book about it, and you can bet your bottom dollar there will be a book. As for his career being destroyed? Lol! puhlllllllllease! How many drug companies, law practices or lobbying firms are looking for the slimiest of the slime, the most “effective” hand bender they can get to “persuade” the powers that be to give them the “sweet deal of deals, tax break, subsidy..etc?” Yeah! I bet Scoot is gonna have a helluva time finding work, he might even be in the next unemployment office near you.

    I can say with 100% certainty and every fiber in my body that I abhor this man, what he stands for and the corrupt and upward mobile people that surround him. These people are the antithesis of what America stands for.

  6. DosPeros Says:

    I could tell that Jeremy was on the Bush/Cheney/Libby side right up until this debacle, which just barely tipped the scales, and now he just is fed-up and is no longer supporting this administration. Gosh, Bush was dumb to alienate his supporters like this.

  7. gerryf Says:

    Fortunately, Bush has a few supporters who will follow him no matter what he does, eh DP?

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