Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Thirty Months in the Pokey

It looks like the defense tactic of arguing that no underlying crime was committed didn't turn out to such a good idea for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton, who has a reputation as a tough judge, didn't accept that. By that reasoning, Walton said, witnesses benefit if they aggressively obstruct investigations so prosecutors can't make their case.

"I just can't buy in on that being good social policy," said Walton, who has a reputation as a tough sentencing judge. "It's one thing if you obstruct a petty larceny. It's another thing if you obstruct a murder investigation."

Now President Bush is going to be faced with the impolitic choice of whether to pardon or not. The Associated Press via ABC News reports that Libby was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
"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.
Think Progress reports that Libby also received two years probation and fined 250,000.

Howling Latina would like take this moment and share with her readers that in keeping with President Bush's strict constructionist bent, Walton was appointed to the bench in 2001.

Interestingly, just last month, Chief Justice John Roberts appointed Walton to serve as judge "on the respected Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court," a seven year appointment, the Washington Post noted. Now ain't that special?!?

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