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Justice Department May Release “Legally Innocent” Prisoners

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The U.S. Justice Department will no longer fight the release of prisoners who have been deemed “legally innocent,” the USA Today reports.

The department’s move, announced Monday, follows a USA Today investigation that found more than 60 people were imprisoned even though an appeals court later determined they did not commit a federal crime.

It’s unclear how many prisoners could be set free under the switch, but most of them likely are low-level offenders, according to the USA Today.

USA Today wrote:

The investigation found that the Justice Department had done almost nothing to identify those prisoners — many of whom did not know they were innocent — and had argued in court that the men were innocent but should remain imprisoned anyway.

 

Columnist Thinks Bush Should Pardon Scooter Libby

Scooter Libby/msnbc photo

Scooter Libby/msnbc photo

By Clarice Feldman
American Thinker

If the President hasn’t already pardoned Lewis (Scooter) Libby, I beg him to reconsider and do so, for Libby is an innocent man.
Most of what people believe about the Scooter Libby case was proven wrong at trial. Many wrongly believe: 1) Libby leaked the CIA employment of Valerie Plame; and 2) he then lied to cover his leaking.
But Libby was acquitted of the only charge before the jury that he leaked her identity to reporters and lied about it. In fact, the evidence at trial showed Libby did not disclose Plame’s identity to reporters Robert Novak (Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and CIA spokesman Bill Harlow did that), or Bob Woodward (Armitage, again), Walter Pincus (White House Spokesman Ari Fleischer did) or Matt Cooper (Karl Rove did that one).
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Editor’s Note: Feldman, a D.C. attorney,  also wrote ticklethewire.com on Wednesday to dispute Scott Horton’s column below. She said: “Libby had nothing to do with Rich’s pardon. Years before he’d advised Rich on a tax matter. Period.”