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This page believes that the agents committed serious felonies and were rightly prosecuted. But the sentences they received were also too long. As we have argued in the past, taking discretion away from judges by imposing mandatory sentencing rules is almost never a good idea. By granting a commutation rather than a full pardon, Bush said -- rightly -- that the agents' punishment should be reduced but that the underlying conviction should remain on the books. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-clemency23-2009jan23,0,1321219.story

Los Angeles Times Editorial

Updated: Mon, Jan 26th 2009 @ 8:50am EST