Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Don't pass GO Libby -- go directly to prison

Too bad the rulinging didn't say: Go directly to jail, do not pass GO ... but DO pay $250,000 in fines.

Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for lying and obstructing the CIA leak investigation. The case revealed a White House obsessed with criticism of its decision to go to war.

The Associate Press reports:

Libby, the highest-ranking White House official sentenced to prison since the Iran-Contra affair, asked for leniency, but a federal judge said he would not reward someone who hindered the investigation into the exposure of a CIA operative. The operative's husband had accused the administration of twisting intelligence to justify the Iraq war.

Defense attorneys sought to have the sentence delayed until appeals run out. A delay also would give Bush more time to consider calls from Libby's allies to pardon the longtime aide.

Walton said he saw no reason to put the sentence on hold but agreed to consider it. He scheduled a hearing for a week from Thursday.

So, no date has been set for when Libby must report to prison -- but, as he was leaving the court house a protester shouted: "You should go right to jail!"

I couldn't agree more!

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