Scooter Libby — legal voter
posted at 8:18 am on March 1, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
A footnote in history, but an interesting one nonetheless:
Former vice presidential adviser I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby is among more than 1,000 felons whose voting rights were restored in the past year by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, according to a report to the General Assembly.
Libby’s name is listed in the Feb. 23 report on pardons, commutations, reprieves and other forms of clemency the governor is required to submit annually. Without elaboration, the report says Libby’s civil rights were restored Nov. 1, 2012. …
In Virginia, only the governor can restore felons’ civil rights. McDonnell has streamlined the process and, consequently, has restored the rights of more than 4,600 felons — more than any previous governor — with nearly a year still remaining in his term.
A spokesman for McDonnell says that the governor grants the restoration of civil liberties to 90% of non-violent offenders who apply. That certainly is true of Libby, whose sentence was commuted by George W. Bush but not pardoned, which made him ineligible to vote until November 1 of last year.
I wonder who Libby voted for in the presidential election ….