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Old 06-05-2007, 09:07 PM
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Libby Sentence: 30 Months

Was JUST announced so i don't have much more info. No cameras in the courtroom but blogger firedoglake is inside:

http://www.firedoglake.com/2007/06/0...tencing-three/

He's free, pending appeal.


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Old 06-05-2007, 09:11 PM
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Re: Libby Sentence: 30 Months

Yeah FoxNews just announced it, if Bush has a conscience he'll pardon him before the day is over. This guy is the classic fall guy. Also a $250,000 fine
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Old 06-05-2007, 09:20 PM
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Yeah FoxNews just announced it, if Bush has a conscience he'll pardon him before the day is over. This guy is the classic fall guy. Also a $250,000 fine
His lawyer seems to think the appeal may take between 6-8 months so he may end up having to go to jail before the election/pardon.

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Old 06-05-2007, 09:22 PM
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Re: Libby Sentence: 30 Months

I wonder if he just lost his chance to deal. Could Fitz get his sentence reduced in exchange for information, or is it set in stone now?

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Old 06-05-2007, 09:27 PM
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I wonder if he just lost his chance to deal. Could Fitz get his sentence reduced in exchange for information, or is it set in stone now?

I dont know, Im not a legal beagle but Im sure Fitz tried that many times. Scooter seems pretty loyal and I dont think he will turn on Cheney, in my opinion Cheney is the one who should have been prosecuted. Maybe Dick will pay his fine. :)
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Old 06-05-2007, 09:33 PM
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if Bush has a conscience he'll pardon him before the day is over.
a conscience? so much for that happening.

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Old 06-08-2007, 07:41 PM
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Re: Libby Sentence: 30 Months

Cheney hopes Libby verdict won't stand

AP, WASHINGTON
Thursday, Jun 07, 2007, Page 1

The latest twist in the CIA leak scandal has US Vice President Dick Cheney saying he hopes his former chief of staff, now sentenced to 30 months in prison, will eventually get off.

And that, legal experts say, is an odd statement for a vice president to make.

While expressing support for former chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Cheney and US President George W. Bush are also officials sworn to uphold the law.

"It's a disappointment whenever a person who occupies a high office and takes an oath doesn't respond to a demonstrated serious criminal event in a serious governmental way," former Iran-Contra prosecutor John Barrett said on Tuesday night.

"It's an adversarial process and I understand the personal dimension, but the United States is the side of the case that President Bush and Vice President Cheney are on. Those are their jobs," said Barrett, now a law professor at St. John's University in New York City.

In the Valerie Plame leak case, Bush and particularly Cheney are more than mere friends of Libby and more than merely disinterested public officials.

Their actions are within the scope of the criminal investigation. Both were also witnesses who underwent questioning by Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald.


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Old 06-08-2007, 07:47 PM
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Re: Libby Sentence: 30 Months

I think I like this judge. He doesn't seem to play "favorites."
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Judge lives up to tough-guy image in Libby case
Walton metes out stiff sentence, little chance for bail
Richard B. Schmitt, Los Angeles Times
Friday, June 8, 2007

06-08) 04:00 PDT Washington -- Years ago, when he was a local trial judge, Reggie Walton developed a reputation for his sentencing of ordinary street thugs.

"If you got convicted, he was going to smack you," said Randall Eliason, a former prosecutor who recalled that Walton often would sentence defendants more harshly than other judges would.

On Tuesday, Walton extended a measure of his justice to a more prominent defendant: former vice presidential aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

Rejecting pleas for leniency from scores of prominent public officials, Walton sentenced Libby to 2 1/2 years. On top of the stiff sentence, the judge indicated that he was inclined to order Libby to begin serving the sentence immediately, even before his lawyers had appealed his case. The outcome stunned supporters of the career public servant and stirred talk of a presidential pardon.

That Walton would put the Bush administration in an uncomfortable position of having to consider a politically charged pardon for Libby is highly ironic: The 58-year-old jurist was one of the first appointments President Bush made to the federal bench in October 2001, a prime example of a new law-and-order mentality that the administration wanted to infuse in the courts.

"Bush wanted people to know that 'I appoint tough guys to the bench,' " said Roscoe Howard, the U.S. attorney in Washington during Bush's first term. "They appointed him just for what he did to Scooter; they were just not expecting it to happen to Scooter."

By all accounts, Walton is a tough guy. A judge for more than 25 years, he did two stints on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, appointed by both President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush. He served as an associate director of the White House drug control office and as chairman of a national commission to curb prison rape.

The Washington Post reported an incident two years ago in which Walton, driving his family in downtown Washington to the airport for a vacation, noticed a cabdriver being attacked. The 5-foot-9 judge, who played football at West Virginia State University, stopped his vehicle, wrestled the attacker to the ground, and held him in check until police arrived.

"He started toward me," Walton told the Post. "I had to take him down."

Despite Walton's history as a "long-ball hitter" when it comes to sending criminals to jail, lawyers and legal experts said the punishment he imposed on Libby was within his discretion.

Legal experts said the bail decision was a closer call.

Many white-collar defendants -- such as lifestyle maven Martha Stewart -- have been allowed by courts to stay out of jail while they pursued their appeals. Stewart was convicted of lying to securities regulators and eventually dropped her appeal and reported to prison. Former Bush administration procurement official David Safavian remains free while he appeals his June 2006 conviction for lying and concealing his dealings with disgraced Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Historically, judges have tended to go easy on nonviolent criminals because they are not likely to flee or pose a threat to society. There was also a view that their crimes were somehow less serious than violent assaults and the like.

But there is also long-established law requiring defendants to serve their sentences immediately unless there is a good chance that their convictions will be overturned on appeal. Walton already has told defense lawyers in the Libby case that he sees little chance that they will succeed with their appeal. But he has allowed them to file additional papers to try to change his mind.

Libby's attorneys formally asked the judge Thursday to delay his sentence. In documents filed with the court, they say they have a good chance of winning an appeal of Libby's conviction for perjury and obstruction in the CIA leak case. They argued that Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald lacked constitutional authority to bring the charges.

The judge has set a hearing for June 14 in which he probably will decide Libby's fate. Depending on how Walton rules, Libby could have to surrender to authorities in a few weeks. In that event, his lawyers probably would appeal to a higher court and ask for a stay.

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Old 06-08-2007, 08:20 PM
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Re: Libby Sentence: 30 Months

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The latest twist in the CIA leak scandal has US Vice President Dick Cheney saying he hopes his former chief of staff, now sentenced to 30 months in prison, will eventually get off.

And that, legal experts say, is an odd statement for a vice president to make.
But not for one of the mastermindís behind a successful organized crime syndicate? Once they make a good show of it, Dead Eye Dick will Ďallowí the puppet president to utilize his pardoning power to insure their cohorts are exonerated! Come on LM, they donít want to look to obvious??

If he doesn't "get off" his needs will be adequately compensated/taken care of, as I am sure that millions of $$$ has been deposited and will be waiting for him upon his release in some secret untraceable Swiss bank account somewhere!

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Old 06-08-2007, 08:28 PM
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Re: Libby Sentence: 30 Months

Im gonna take a wild guess and say Scooter never spends a day in the slamma.
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Old 06-08-2007, 08:38 PM
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Re: Libby Sentence: 30 Months

It would be in their best interest to allow the appeals process to play out? But trampling on the constitution, misusing the judicial system, and generally ignoring the letter/intent of the law hasn't bothered the neo-cons up to this point??

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Old 06-09-2007, 10:06 AM
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Re: Libby Sentence: 30 Months

For sure he will be let go free, a pardon or something else they decide so he pays only the fines.

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Old 06-09-2007, 01:32 PM
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Re: Libby Sentence: 30 Months

If Scooter Libby pejured himself he should be sentenced as such. It's a crime. The very fabric of the legal system is NOT to lie under oath

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Old 06-10-2007, 01:48 PM
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Re: Libby Sentence: 30 Months

Libby lied because if he had not done so he would have been punished by Cheney.


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