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Judge Walton Demands Libby Appeal From Prison

From those champions of justice at Reuters:


Libby must begin perjury prison sentence: judge

Thu Jun 14, 2007

By Andy Sullivan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former vice presidential aide Lewis “Scooter” Libby must begin serving his 2 1/2-year prison sentence while he appeals his perjury conviction, a U.S. judge ruled on Thursday.

Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, will have to report to prison in six to eight weeks unless his lawyers persuade an appeals court to let him remain free.

Conservatives have pressured President George W. Bush to pardon Libby before he serves any time in prison and Thursday’s decision could increase that pressure. But a White House spokesman said the president is not going to intervene for now.

Libby was found guilty in March of obstructing an investigation into who blew the cover of a CIA analyst whose husband criticized the Iraq war.

Libby’s lawyers told U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton that he should remain free because his verdict might be overturned during the appeals process.

They plan to argue on appeal that the prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, was improperly appointed and that Walton should not have excluded witnesses and classified material Libby had hoped to use in his defense.

Walton, however, said they were unlikely to prevail on those issues, and added that he could not overlook the overwhelming evidence of Libby’s guilt.

“Everybody is accountable under the laws of the United States no matter who you are, and therefore if you work in the White House you’re just as obligated to comply with the law as anybody else,” Walton said…

The 30-month sentence Walton imposed last week was substantially higher than the 15 to 21 months recommended by the probation office. Walton also imposed a fine of $250,000 and two years probation…

A dozen legal scholars told Walton last week that Libby had a chance of winning his appeal, bolstering his argument to remain free.

Walton said he was less than impressed with their reasoning.

“They’re very bright people, no question, but the submission is not something I would expect from a first-year law student,” he said.

In a just world Mr. Fitzgerald would be going to jail, and Judge Walton would probably still be doing hard time for his youthful indiscretions.

Libby was found guilty in March of obstructing an investigation into who blew the cover of a CIA analyst whose husband criticized the Iraq war.

Of course this is an outright lie, since the investigation knew who “blew this cover” before it began.

So what was obstructed? The Democrat agenda to get Karl Rove and Dick Cheney?

“They’re very bright people, no question, but the submission is not something I would expect from a first-year law student,” he said.

So sayeth the affirmative action law student. The same judge who couldn’t understand the juries questions, and who even allowed a Washington Post reporter (who had worked with Bob Woodward) to be impaneled.

Still congratulations are due to Judge Walton and Mr. Fitzgerald.

They have done as much for the American system of justice as Judge Ito and the OJ Jury did.

Conservatives have pressured President George W. Bush to pardon Libby before he serves any time in prison and Thursday’s decision could increase that pressure. But a White House spokesman said the president is not going to intervene for now.

Hopefully we will soon discover that “Scooter” is actually an illegal alien who has been doing the work that no (sane) American will do.

That way he is sure to get an immediate amnesty.

And everyone — even those champions of justice in our one party media — will be happy.

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