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Did he deserve it? Personally, I think he’s getting off easy for obstruction of justice, especially when it comes to outing a covert agent.

From CNN:

WASHINGTON (CNN) — I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months in prison for lying to investigators looking into the leak of a CIA operative’s identity.

He also was fined $250,000. Libby was convicted March 6 of four counts in a five-count indictment alleging perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements to FBI investigators.

He plans to appeal the verdict.

Federal Judge Reggie Walton said he would make a decision next Tuesday on whether to allow Libby to remain free while his lawyers file an appeal.

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said that under federal sentencing guidelines, Libby — if imprisoned — must serve at least 80 percent of his sentence, or two years.

If the judge decides Libby must start serving his sentence, it could be 45 to 60 days before he must report to prison.

What do you think?

7 COMMENTS

  1. Yes, it really would have been something if like you know he was ever…CHARGED AND CONVICTED FOR OUTING A CIA OPERATIVE. Which he wasn’t because they would not have been able to prove the case.

    And you say you don’t like the military tribunals – your kind of justice (the kind that fits a political agenda) is perfect for the terrorists, Justin. You should run Gitmo.

    My prediction is: He won’t serve a day.

  2. *sigh*

    Obstruction of justice and perjury are crimes entirely in and of themselves.

    BTW, you forgot: CLENIS!

  3. DosPeros,

    The jury convicted him of perjury because he lied about how he came to know that V. Plame was a covert agent, and about whom he had discussed it with. The issue here is not who blew V. Plame’s cover. Unfortunately, through his lies and obstruction of justice Libby prevented that. What is important here is that Mr. Libby lied in a federal investigation, obstructing justice in the process. What you are arguing for is for allowing people to lie under oath, that would undermine our entire legal structure.

  4. If Libby sees the inside of a jail cell before Bush sets him free, it will be because Bush is incompetent. Depending on Bush for anything is like shooting yourself in the foot.

    As far as the law goes and what the just thing to do is, makes no difference to Bush. Loyal friends are above the law, like Osama, his father and family, are loyal friends.

  5. Good luck with that legal structure when the grand jury system becomes a playground for polical attack. That is really going to encourage cooperation. And yes, Libby lied about that time when he did not part the law. Crucify the son of a bitch, after all, the legal system is in peril and he worked for Bush.

  6. For anyone who cares, Christopher Hitchens has a superb column on the absolute travesty, stupidity, asinine, unjust, nonsensical, political prosecution of Scotter Libby here: http://www.slate.com/id/2168642/

    This case, this judge, this prosecution will absolutely have a chilling effect (much more so than Judith Miller) on politicos willingness to talk with reporters. Period. So while you lefties are waxing self-righteous lunancy about “lying” (it wasn’t like he forgot a blow job) to federal agents, please also consider the alternative — no talk, at all.

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