Tuesday July 22, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The new leader at USA Track and Field is
asking President Bush to deny Marion Jones' request to commute her
prison sentence. Jones is serving a six-month sentence for lying to federal agents about her use of performance-enhancing drugs and a
check-fraud scam. She must also perform 400 hours of community
service in each of the two years following her release.
In an open letter to President Bush, Doug Logan writes, "As the
new CEO of USA Track & Field, I have a moral and practical duty to
make the case against her request." Jones is on the list of the hundreds of convicted felons who have applied for presidential pardons or sentence commutations.
Logan writes, "With her cheating and lying, Marion Jones did
everything she could to violate the principles of track and field
and Olympic competition." He adds that reducing Jones' sentence or
pardoning her would send a horrible message to young people who