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Libby Liberated. Paris Punished.

7/3/2007 2:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Paris Hilton and Scooter Libby have one (and probably only one) thing in common -- "excessive" sentencing -- but it's Paris, not Scooter, who actually did the time. Nice to have some friendly Bush on your side!
Scooter Libby and Paris Hilton

President Bush commuted the 2-1/2 year sentence of longtime White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby yesterday, calling Libby's punishment "excessive" -- just as Paris said of her own summertime slammer-time. Libby was busted for leaking a CIA agent's identity, putting her life in jeopardy. Aside from more than a few fashion disasters, Hilton was convicted of what some considered a glorified traffic violation. And who gets the free pass?

Most Americans aren't sympathetic to Paris and Scooter. When TMZ asked whether Paris got what she deserved, an overwhelming 93 percent of the more than 121,000 people who answered the poll responded that yes, Ms. Hilton deserved to do time for the crime. Similarly, most Americans think Libby should've done his too: A SurveyUSA poll revealed that 60 percent of Americans believe that Scooter Libby's 2-1/2 year sentence should stick. It didn't.

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Zenophobe Alien    

They both have money and any one else would have done more time.

2636 days ago
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TMZ-me    

The sad thing about this is Libby's probation for a felony is least time than Paris'.


2636 days ago
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Chris Jones    

93% of America is just jealous

2636 days ago
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Reine    

In case some people have forgotten, do you remember how many persons Clinton pardoned? Plenty & among them were 10 Cuban terrorists & what about Mark Rich, whose ex-wife was plenty friendly with Clinton & even contributed money to his campaign. How soon we forget.
TMZ, he's not the leaker. He was found guilty of lying & I could if he went to jail for 6 mos. or so but that's it. He will eventually be pardoned because that's politics. All presidents do it.

2636 days ago
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Funny Answers    

The man could have gotten a women killed. President Bush should be ashamed of himself. The only thing is God will make him pay for lies, and cheating. With enough money and friends in high places, you can do anything. George W. Bush, you are not a good person. Lies, cheats, and you complain that Bill had sex in the oval office. You have screwed the public more than once, shame on you.

2636 days ago
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Time WILL Tell    

What in the world is happening to this country? Overboard on some and no justice for others.

2636 days ago
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Justin - from the PIATMMLEOTPS (Paris is a human that makes mistakes like everybody on this planet Society)    

Really shocked that there isn't a cry of outrage from all the moral
hypocrites on this site. I guess as long as they throw Paris in for
violating probation, all's right with the world. In this case, the
president shows all disregard for our legal system and it just flies
by.

And yes, all presidents have used the pardon, but I don't believe there's another instance of using it to cover up their own shady misdoings.

2636 days ago
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Kate    

The Valerie Plame fiasco was a bunch of crap. Scooter Libby was the fall guy and the Dems got him for the only thing they could possibly have made stick - obstruction of justice. His sentence WAS excessive and only the jail time has been commuted. Valerie Plame's life was never in any more danger than the pedestrians Paris could've run over while driving drunk but didn't. Give me a break.

2636 days ago
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Zenophobe Alien    

Yeah, no justice for some! What about the border patrol agents who were doing their jobs. They are still in Federal prison. This guy is Cheney's butt boy.

2636 days ago
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Mark    

This is what happens when people vote based on religion and not the best candidate for the job. Oh he is such a Christian. Oh, he no longer drinks. Oh, he speaks to God before every deliberation. Blah, blah, blah. Oh he'd fire anyone in his administration found guilty of leaking a name. Blah, blah, blah. He should change his name of George W. Blah.
This administration is a mafia who intimidates, punishes and limits our freedoms. Now that his ratings are abismal, even YAHOO and MSN have turned off their features which allowed readers to voice their opinions. I hope the american people have learned how to vote.

2636 days ago
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simonesdad2009    

Scooter Libby was convicted of obstruction of justice. He lied to federal agents investigating who leaked Valerie Plame's name to the press. He was not "busted for leaking a CIA agent's identity" as you incorrectly stated in your article.

TMZ, why don't you stick to making up stuff about famous and semi-famous people. As soon as you try to do a "real" story, you fail miserably. Isn't there some innocent child caught in the middle of a custody battle or divorce out there that you can exploit and embarrass by putting the details of the case out there for all to see (including that child's classmates, teachers and friends). Maybe you guys are too busy censoring the very posts you solicit from the visitors to TMZ. Sure you will count the visitor when you are selling ad space but you will delete the comment if it doesn't fit your agenda. I've already had one post deleted today. No foul language, just a strong opinion. I suspect this post won't be up long either but posters beware...TMZ has officially sold out.

2636 days ago
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Runaways Fan    

Bush and his cronies wanted to keep Libby's mouth shut so they kept him happy. I think they planned to let him go from the start. Gosh, someone should have told the prosecuter, judge, and jury! Would have saved us all a lot of tax money! All Presidents get by with some dirty dealing in their administration but this was really blantant. We The People? Yeah right!

I think it is the nail in the election coffin for the Republicans , no matter what they will say or do, Dubbya ruined it. And in a nother four or eight years we'll get sick of whatever Democrat gets voted in, that's the way ot goes. . . .

2636 days ago
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Mark    

Amazing how George W. Blah-blah-blah still has blind supporters. At least TMZ still has the feature for users to leave their opinions. Now that W's ratings suck more than Lewinsky, YAHOO AND MSN turned user opinon features off. Go figure who their parent company is linked to....
This administration follows The Soprano's handbook page by page.
I hope the American people have learned how to vote.

2636 days ago
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YAWN    

Martha went to jail for the same thing and she did her time, why shouldn't Libby? Bush is a complete moron and I am a registered Republican!

2636 days ago
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Marcy    

Come on Harvey, as a lawyer you should know that Paris could not have been pardoned or had her sentence commuted by Bush because she was charged by the state, not the federal government, whereas Libby was charged by the feds. Don't you remember this from your bar review class? It would have been up to the governor (Arnold) to grant her a pardon or commute her sentence. LOVE YOU THOUGH TMZ.

2636 days ago
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