Scooter gets 30 months

June 05, 2007 by barbara

by barbara

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.

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paul miller (not verified) | June 5, 2007 - 4:59pm

think Scooter's having second thoughts about falling on the sword for Dr. Strangelove


paul miller (not verified) | June 5, 2007 - 5:01pm

if the judge did consider the whole of his life he would have gotten 50 years, as I mentioned before no need to use any of your 50 years of political capital on Scooter - Fitz has our back on that one, as the barber in Coming to America said so eloquently, "Who next?"


paul miller (not verified) | June 5, 2007 - 5:03pm

Helped win the cold war?


susanL (not verified) | June 5, 2007 - 5:53pm

I am stranded in the Pellston, MI airport, which isn't a bad place to be stranded as airports go, though the moose motif is a bit heavy-handed.
There's even a log-like desk with free wi-fi, so I'm plugged back in to the world and reading up on Scooter.
Seems to me, the biggie is whether or not Scooter will be allowed to stay out while he appeals. Because if he is, then he'll never do time. As we all know, the appeals will stretch out past the end of BushCo's term and there will be a Bush departure day pardon.
Let's hope Judge Reggie sends him off, pronto, leaving the Decider to wrestle with the pros and cons of an immediate pardon. He wouldn't dare, would he? He's not that . . . oh never mind.


paul Miller (not verified) | June 5, 2007 - 7:05pm

one good thing about being in jail, he'll get a better haircut


susan | June 6, 2007 - 1:52am

Yeah, but will we get to see it? Is Abramoff in the big house now? Well, Duke Cunningham is, and we don't see photos of him lounging about in prison orange. Did we see Martha? Seems to me we see them in their mug shots as they enter (to wit, Paris Hilton today) and then see them as they blink their way back into freedom, but not too many shots of them toiling in the prison laundry, or pumping iron in the yard.


barbara aka babs (not verified) | June 6, 2007 - 8:20am

The good news is that he won't be writing a memoir because he's not able to remember anything about anything. Frankly, I'm a little worried. It's the same disease Gonzalez has and pretty much every Republican who has testified in one venue or another. They. Cannot. Recall. Does it bother you that we have an entire administration that says they can't remember anything? And these are the people in charge of everything. Crikey!


Leftymn (not verified) | June 5, 2007 - 5:02pm