Speaking of justice

March 06, 2007 by barbara

by barbara

Here are the counts and verdicts in the Scooter Libby trial (relative to outing CIA covert operative Valerie Plame, in case you've been living on the former planet Pluto and somehow missed out on all of this). Think Progress has a great discussion of the five component charges against Libby: Read on.

Count 1: Obstruction '" Guilty
Count 2: Perjury '" Guilty
Count 3: False Statement '" Not guilty
Count 4: Perjury '" Guilty
Count 5: Perjury '" Guilty

Here are selected comments about the verdict:

' Scooter had nothing to say to reporters. (The wise man says nothing at this point. But stand by. Perhaps he will have much to say in the fullness of time.)

' Scooter's attorney Theodore Wells said, "We have every confidence Mr. Libby ultimately will be vindicated. We believe Mr. Libby is totally innocent and that he didn't do anything wrong." (He seems to be suggesting that the flawed justice system has failed. Funny how that only happens when someone from the Party of Ann Coulter is on trial.)

' Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said, "The results are actually sad. It's sad that we had a situation where a high-level official person who worked in the office of the vice president obstructed justice and lied under oath. We wish that it had not happened, but it did." (This man has more cool, more class and more lan than Sean Connery's James Bond.)

' George W. Bush, about to have lunch . . . paused at a television in the small dining room off the Oval Office to watch the verdict in the trial of former White House aide I. Lewis ''Scooter'' Libby. Disappointed at the result, Bush told aides he was sorry for Libby and his family. (A tormented soul speaks of his deep and abiding sadness.)

' Richard Bruce Cheney says, "I am saddened for Scooter and his family. Scooter has served our nation tirelessly and with great distinction through many years of public service." (You know, it pretty much breaks my heart to think about Cheney feeling sad. His words seem to echo those of his "boss." Apparently sadness is the talking point du jour.)

' Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, "Today's guilty verdicts are not solely about the acts of one individual. This trial provided a troubling picture of the inner workings of the Bush Administration. The testimony unmistakably revealed '" at the highest levels of the Bush Administration '" a callous disregard in handling sensitive national security information and a disposition to smear critics of the war in Iraq." (Good on ya, Nancy.)

' Senate Majority leader Harry Reid said, "It's about time someone in the Bush Administration has been held accountable for the campaign to manipulate intelligence and discredit war critics." (This may qualify as the understatement du jour, not to be confused with the talking point du jour [see above bullet].)

' The New York Times: In the end, it appeared that the prosecution's staccato presentation of the pattern of Mr. Libby's conduct overcame the more emotional plea of human frailty by the defense. (The Gray Lady emotes.)

' The Washington Post: There was agreement, however, that, even as a footnote in the record of the administration, the verdict was a reminder of just how much Iraq has enveloped the Bush presidency and damaged or destroyed the reputations and careers of so many who have been touched by it directly. (Read: Frankenstein's monster turns on its creator.)

' Had to look down their page a bit, but found a quote by our favorite news source, Faux News: Prior to the verdict, Libby, 56, was said to be "very nervous," but walking out of the courtroom after the verdict was read, his face was expressionless. Libby's wife's eyes were red and puffy after sobbing in the courtroom. Her face was also flushed. (Take two aspirins and call me in the morning.)

And this late-breaking tidbit from Think Progress: Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano spins the verdict for the defense, arguing that there is a basis for Libby's defense counsel to say the jury "misunderstood the nature of the charges" and was "hopelessly confused." (Oh. My. Dog.)

' Barbara says: "The long national nightmare is a long way from being over, but this is an important step in the right direction. Let us now clear the fouled nest of the other beasties." (Brilliant analysis.)

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Comments

perhansa (not verified) | March 6, 2007 - 11:02pm

It's a start! Time to be sure the "values" crowd is clear about the values they elected...obstruction, perjury, lying, leaking, undermining dissent, shirking accountability, hanging your underlings out to dry and then feigning sympathy for them and their family.

Let see, next there's still the issue of our wounded soldiers coming back in the tens of thousands and overwhelming the medical system and VA because NO ONE THOUGHT ABOUT THE FACT THAT CASUALTIES might come back from this "slam dunk" war that it becomes more apparent daily seems not to have had ANY PLANS WHATSOEVER for anything. Did I see/hear something like 200,000 vets being treated from Iraq/Afghanistan? (I'm sure it was part of the Bob Woodward feature last week). No one expected hundreds of thousands of casualties so now they are overwhelming the system. Even though they rushed them off to war underprepared, undermanned and underprotected...You're SO RIGHT. You can support the troops or you can support W but you can't do both.

There needs to be a lot more heads rolling down and out the steps of this adminstration. Let's hope this snowball starts the avalanche.

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susan | March 7, 2007 - 12:29am

Sec'y of Veterans Affairs, Jim Nicholson -- former chair of the RNC, former Ambassador to the Vatican, and the "new Brownie" -- says lots of those 200,000 Iraq/Afghanistan vets are showing up for . . . dental care. So rest assured, they're doing a heckuva job.

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Babs (not verified) | March 7, 2007 - 10:20am

Marathon Man showed up for dental care, too.

One recurring theme in this administration is its failure to think and plan ahead. I believe that, among other things, that reflects Junior's life of zero consequences. Always and ever, there has been someone in the wings to clean up his messes and screw-ups. You can almost picture him walking out of a room, saying over his shoulder, "Take care of it."

Re: Scooter, there can be very little doubt that he was, indeed, the fall guy for the unholy threesome -- Cheney, Rove, Bush. I'd be hard pressed to say I feel sorry for Libby, but he was certainly hung out to dry by his bosses. And I hope that he decides to blow the whistle on the whole business. He'll be pardoned for sure if he maintains silence, but he could maintain a degree of integrity by telling the truth at this point. Can't imagine the pressure being brought to bear on him by the bully boys in the White House.

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