It’s kind of hard for me to be sympathetic to Marion Jones at this point. After lying for years about PED use, she decides to come clean and admit it all, only getting a six-month prison sentence for it, and now, she’s asking President Bush to commute the sentence?
Got to take some guts to do that. I mean, having a public admission on the steps of a federal building in New York City, breaking down and crying in front of the cameras about what you did wrong, and then having the audacity to say you shouldn’t serve the time even though you lied to the government?
The Justice Department confirmed Monday that Jones is among hundreds of convicted felons who have applied for presidential pardons or sentence commutations, but would provide no further details. A pardon removes a conviction from someone’s record, while a commutation only reduces or eliminates the person’s sentence.
I understand Jones has kids, and that’s not a good situation to be in, with their mother serving out a sentence. But those are the risks you take when you lie to federal agents. I mean, damn. You gotta think about those things when you’re keeping up the lie — whether it’s worth it for you or your family to go through that.