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Jury Pardons Libby

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The President's speechwriters will be quoting last night's MSNBC transcripts when they write the pardon statement for Irve Lewis Libby. The most powerful pardon advocate Libby now has on his side is not the Vice President, not a senator, not a former senator-actor, but juror No. 10, Ann Redington who told Chris Matthews on Hardball, "I don't want him to go to jail." Redington said she would like Libby to get a pardon.

In the next hour, HuffPo's favorite juror, Denis Collins, said on Countdown that he agreed with Redington. "We had a lot of sympathy for Libby," said Collins. "If Mr. Libby was pardoned, I would have no problem with that." Collins went on to say that he thinks Libby is a "a very decent, nice person"--pure gold for the Bush speechwriters.

That does it. With the jury that convicted Libby instantly supporting a pardon, there is no room left for reasonable doubt that Bush will pardon Libby.