Libby found guilty; Prosecutor should be ashamed
Yesterday, a jury found Scooter Libby guilty of 4 of the 5 charges brought against him, including perjury, obstruction of justice, and lying to the FBI.
While he might indeed be guilty of these things, this case is a travesty of justice.
As I've said before, Libby was found guilty of these things after being questioned about a "leak" which was not a crime (Valerie Plame was not a covert agent) and the source of which was already known by the prosecutor.
There should never have been a trial in this case, and you can easily take it a step further as they do over at National Review, arguing that there should never have been a prosecutor named over the Valerie Plame "leak" in any case as there was no crime committed.
I wonder how many millions...or tens of millions...of dollars were wasted on this witch hunt. I trust that a clever reporter somewhere will figure it out and let us know.
Although Libby could get 25 years in prison and a $1 million fine, my guess is we'll see something closer to 1 or 2 years and $100,000. We'll see.
What I hope is that President Bush pardons Libby before he spends a day in jail, but since Bush has not shown much courage in domestic policy after his first year in office (I guess he only has enough for Iraq and Afguanistan), I have a feeling that Libby's time as the "fall guy" for prosecutor Fitzgerald's amibitions will be much longer than Libby deserves.
For those interested in a little more detail about this sad case, the Bloomberg article linked above and HERE is good reading.
By all accounts, Libby was a hard-working talented White House staff member, and if he "mis-remembered" something, even intentionally, about a situation in which nobody committed a crime, going after him was unconscionable. The prosecutor was right to call it a "sad case". It's too bad that he's the one who chose to ruin a good man's life to justify having spent 3 years and millions of our dollars on a wild goose chase.
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