Scooter Libby has been sentenced to 30 months in prison. Are ya hearin' Fitzgerald breathin' down your neck, Darth?
Libby spoke briefly on his own behalf today, saying that he hoped the judge would consider the whole of his life.
Apparently Judge Reggie Walton did just that. In spite of heart-felt written support from the likes of Donald Rumsfeld, John Bolton, General Pace and Henry Kissinger (now there’s an odd lot), Scooter didn’t wriggle out of doing time. Yet. Because Junior will likely pardon him – another damning action by the Current Resident, all of which still does not seem to warrant impeachment in some people’s minds. Read on.
In what may be the understatement of the day/week/month/year, Judge Walton said, "People who occupy these types of positions, where they have the welfare and security of nation in their hands, have a special obligation to not do anything that might create a problem.”
Walton fined Libby $250,000 and placed him on probation for two years following his release from prison. Walton did not immediately address whether Libby could remain free pending appeal.
With letters of support from several former military commanders and White House and State Department officials, Libby asked for no jail time. His supporters cited a government career in which Libby helped win the Cold War and the first Gulf War.
Lordy, the man is a saint. Who knew? Certainly not Valerie Plame, whose covert status with the CIA was blown by Libby, likely in deep complicity with Darth Cheney.
Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald called on Libby to serve up to three years in prison. "We need to make the statement that the truth matters ever so much," Fitzgerald said.
And so, justice has been served, for a moment, anyway. I would love to see Fitzgerald on the Supreme Court, wouldn’t you?
Update: If I understand correctly (and that would be a bit of a miracle in all this legalese) after a quick read at Firedoglake, attorneys and Walton are now negotiating how long Libby can roam the streets before he’s no longer a free man, whether that is about actually serving time or awaiting the appeals process.