Via written statement, President George W. Bush issues a virtual commutation to the 30-month prison term of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, formerly Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff. Libby was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice.
A pardon was expected but after the appeals process had been exhausted.
Libby was prosecuted by a Republican special prosecutor and sentenced by a Republican federal judge who was appointed by the President. Historically, Bush has been adverse to pardons or convictions. As governor of Texas, he ignored the pleas of Pope John Paul to pardon or commute Karla Faye Tucker.