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Judge Walton Gives Libby A 2 1/2 Year Sentence

From an elated Associated Press:

Libby Sentenced to 2 1/2 Years in Prison

June 5, 2007 12:00 PM

WASHINGTON – Former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison Tuesday for lying and obstructing the CIA leak investigation.

Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, stood calmly before a packed courtroom as a federal judge said the evidence overwhelmingly proved his guilt.

“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,” U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton said.

Libby was convicted in March of lying and obstructing an investigation into the 2003 leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity.

The highest-ranking White House official convicted in a government scandal since the Iran-Contra affair, Libby has steadfastly maintained his innocence.

“It is respectfully my hope that the court will consider, along with the jury verdict, my whole life,” Libby said in brief remarks to the judge.

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…

What an absolute disgrace.

Our system of justice in this country has been destroyed by people like Patrick “Nifong” Fitzgerald and Judge “Affirmative Action” Walton. 

By the way, in typical fashion the DNC’s house organ (and the judge’s local paper) pulled out all the stops to induce this buffoon to throw the book at Mr. Libby with their slavering article on him this morning:

Libby Jurist’s Career Built on Toughness

By Carol D. Leonnig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 5, 2007; Page A15

While presiding over perhaps the most high-profile trial of his career, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton made time for his more mundane courthouse role: the scolding mentor to this city’s young thugs…

Oddly enough this preposterously fawning piece neglected to report on Mr. Walton’s own very thugish past.

From his hagiography at the Justice Policy Institute:

Hon. Reggie B. Walton

“We had heard that there were some guys up at the projects, messing with some of our girls,” Walton remembers. “So we all piled into a truck to find them and teach them a lesson.”

Walton assumed that they were just going to rough these guys up and leave it at that. But when they tracked one of the kids down and started beating him up, one of the boys Walton was with took out an ice pick and started stabbing the unsuspecting boy. Although he was stabbed nine times, the victim did not die, partly because Walton and a friend rushed him to a hospital. The victim had nine puncture wounds in his back and a broken nose and jaw…

The next day, the police questioned Walton, who was deliberately vague about his involvement in the beating. At the time, his cousin, Ronnie Neal, was in town for a visit. Walton and Neal left town the next day for Middletown, New York…

Nor did it mention that this worthy barely cut it in college and was only allowed into law school due to a federal affirmative action program that decided we needed more stupid lawyers and judges:

Walton struggled at first in college, not so much due to lack of ability – as subsequent achievements would attest – but because he had never focused on academics until attending college. But he worked hard and made Dean’s List in his senior year. Still, with a poor showing on the law boards, his chance of attending law school appeared slim.

Fortunately, he was enrolled in a program established by the federal government, the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO), which was specifically designed to increase the number of black attorneys, who constituted about only 2 percent of America’s lawyers at that time.

If you seek the monument to such noble programs, look around.

And start with this travesty of justice perpetuated upon Mr. Libby.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 5th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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