Apr 27, 2006

I Got The Power..!

With all this talk of Karl let's not forget about Scooter.

Judge Won't Dismiss Case Against Leaky Libby

"A federal judge refused Thursday to dismiss charges against I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the former top White House aide who was indicted on perjury and obstruction charges last year in the CIA leak scandal.
In a 31-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton turned down a motion by lawyers for Vice President Dick Cheney's one-time top assistant, who challenged the authority of Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald to handle the case.
Libby's lawyers had argued that Fitzgerald was given too much power — more than the attorney general — and that the appointment should have been made by the president with the Senate's approval.
Walton said Thursday he did not need to "look far" in the law to reject the claim by Libby's defense team. The judge said there is no question the attorney general can delegate any of his functions.
"There was no wholesale abdication of the attorney general's duty to direct and supervise litigation," he wrote.
I am beginning to suspect that Scooter's legal team is easily confused by the law or supporting a few ex-wives and girlfriends. ;)

33 Comments:

Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Yawn.....Another tic for tac and bonehead approach by the little soldier... Is that the best that he can do by trying to get this dead horse of his case dismissed?? Next!!! The little soldier diaper rash yelp for help is just as tiresome and lame as Lying Lay and Unskilling Skilling case...

4:23 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Tell me something I don't know even Judge Reggie didn't have to read all of that motion. Now he knows these guys are on empty. As for you having power well I wouldn't go that far. You are so not like their talking about. A man who buys all the girlscout cookies because of their eyes. Why do people think because a person holes a job title that they all act like King George. I guess thats their defense is to get you to look like a tough guys and unlikable to the public. If thats all they've got well Fitz you win.

4:37 PM  
Blogger maura2e said...

SPB:
Please forgive me as I do not have a legal backgroud, but I wondered when reading the following 2 paragraphs, if we have to worry that BushCo.via the JD can still remove PJF if he's getting to close to the them & the truth?

"Walton said Comey made the legal analysis more difficult by failing to appoint Fitzgerald under Justice Department rules for special prosecutors. As a result, the judge said he had to rely on a series of letters Comey wrote to Fitzgerald outlining the CIA leak investigation.

The judge concluded that Fitzgerald's powers are limited because he can be removed by the Justice Department. Walton also said Fitzgerald's authority will expire when the CIA leak investigation and resulting prosecutions are concluded."

4:47 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

maura2e:


This is simply a tic for tac from Scooter Libby. Remember, Libby is an attorney. He knows the law. Yes, Libby is trying to have Fitzgerald removed becuase he is too close to the truth. You have to understand this is a very corrupted Administration. And bringing down the WH Administration will make the history books. Mark Felt, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, and Ben Bradlee brought down the Nixon Administation in the Watergate scandal. Yes, Judge Walton has to rely on Comey's letters outlining the investigation. But, Libby is pulling straws for his defense. Libby tried the greymail defense, memory loss defense, point the finger to other WH officials, and now trying to remove Fitzgerald. I wouldn't worry this. Fitz did forewarn all of us that there will be alot ugliness and spear tactic to try to dismantle this case and discredit Fitz. Have faith in Fitz. He will see this case through...

5:06 PM  
Anonymous jodi said...

About Luskin: He is using Rove as the ultimate cash cow (or pig). He is milking Rove for all he's worth.
Also wouldn't Luskin's reputation take a big hit if he failed to get Rove off? And looking at Luskin it is hard for me to imagine he has a lot of girlfriends.
About Libby: Just another huge lost for him. Another loser troll.
He must be feeling REALLY desperate now.

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fitz, that guy is a total joke. Luskin makes the worst legal arguments ever seen. This guy should be indicted just for perjury himself!

I wonder if you can indict lawyers who do really bad cases? Maybe ask Ken Lying Lay or Governor Ryan?

;)

Time to throw the book down!

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What we know from the GOP in Washington: It costs money, lot's of it, to have "girlfriends."

I am sure Luskin can be seen at Cafe Milano with the usual suspects.

5:09 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Fitz, you certainly got Porkrind Rove shaking his boots!:

MSNBC reports Rove believes he is in legal jeopardy

"Karl Rove has described his three and a half hour meeting with a grand jury as grueling, and is more worried about being prosecuted than ever, MSNBC is reporting.

Also not boding well for Rove is the fact that the grand jury plans to meet tomorrow. Some are speculating that an indictment for Rove may be handed up tomorrow, though others have claimed such a fast turnaround time is unlikely."

http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/MSNBC_reports_Rove_believes_he_in_0427.html

I smell bacon for Porky Pig Rove tomorrow, maybe??

5:15 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Hi Maura2e I read your comment to SPB I was thinking part of what Fitz posted answers that question I think.
Walton said Thursday he did not need to "look far" in the law to reject the claim by Libby's defense team. The judge said there is no question the attorney general can delegate any of his functions.
"There was no wholesale abdication of the attorney general's duty to direct and supervise litigation," he wrote.
Most of the problems the Defense has is two much time and support from President Bush, then Attorney General Ashcrof and the current Attorney General has been publicly given to Patrick Fitzgerald. Should there have been a problem it was to be done at that time. Now that Fitzgerald has all the facts in the case its to late to pull him out. It would show us that they are guilty by pulling him out at this point. It would make for a clear impeach for Bush.

5:19 PM  
Blogger The Subway Serenade said...

Just saw the pics that look like you haven't slept this year.

You know Harrison Ford is already reading the script...

You Rock, Dude!

5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SPB, its over for Steve Badly and Porkrind.

Don't let the fat door hit them on the way out, because we need to bring down "Hunt for Red October" Cheney!!!!

8=O

5:23 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

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5:30 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Anon,

Well, first of all, I have to laugh at your comment. I think I found someone on this blog that is just as bad as I am giving out nicknames to the Administration because all of them are a joke! And "Hunt of Red October" Cheney??? We know that Hadley/Badly is history, Porkbutt Rove is sliding out that door, butt and all. Rove is now bellyaching that Fitz is going to indict him. Rove should be afraid, the fat Turd! I just hope Fitz can get "Money bags" Cheney before he hides more undisclosed profits in his mattress!

5:31 PM  
Anonymous waterflake said...

maura2e,
listen to SPB -Libby is just trying to pull some tricks from a hut-

Experts said the Libby defence claim is similar to a challenge the Supreme Court rejected in 1988, in the Morrison v. Olson case. The Justice Department sought to quash subpoenas of its officials by an independent counsel. They argued that the law that allowed the appointment of independent counsels violated the president's authority under the Constitution and gave such independent investigators inappropriately broad powers.

The regulations written by the Justice Department to allow for the appointment of a special counsel such as Mr. Fitzgerald were adopted after the 1992 expiration of a separate law that authorized a judicial panel to appoint independent counsels.

Though the independent counsel worked outside the executive branch, the special counsel regulations were written to work within the executive branch, legal experts said, and the attorney general has authority to deputize someone to prosecute the nation's laws. To use the words of Scott Fredericksen, an associate independent counsel during the Reagan administration "I think it's a nice try, but I don't give it much chance of success"

5:38 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Waterflake,

Well, you Libby is pulling straw with this childish tactics. Now, Rove has said on MSNbC that he is legal jeapardy. If Rove can say that, as smart as he is, then he know that it is matter of tine that he will be indicted. And as far the little soldier, he should have taken the plea bargain from the get go. Now, that his buddies from the Gerbil and company are bailing out on him, he is now pulling straws. With the pace of this leak case and Libby's trial is not until November, this case could be wrap up sooner than we think. There are too many things coming out with all of the major players. I look for certain players either indirectly and directly involved in this case, giving Fitz a call and naming names of people. I look for more people playing the "kiss and tell" game with Fitz when the major players get indictment papers!

5:46 PM  
Blogger maura2e said...

SPB / Jackie

Thank you both for allaying my fears, as so many of us are setting our hopes on PJF bringing this Administration down and freeing us from tyranny!!! I worry too much about PJF that "something" will happen to him. I'm a student of history past (unlike the "decider 'n thief") & I've seen what happens to populists such as Malcolm X, JFK, MLK, RFK, John Lennon, JFK Jnr., Paul Welstone etc. Desperate people resort to desperate acts & imho this Administration when cornered, is capable of anything!!

5:48 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Well, the Gerbil is turning the heat on the former CIA employees' first amendment:


Bush tells former CIA employees they're no longer permitted to criticize his administration

Silencing The Squeaky Wheels

"The CIA has imposed new and tighter restrictions on the books, articles, and opinion pieces published by former employees who are still contractors with the intelligence agency. According to several former CIA officials affected by the new policy, the rules are intended to suppress criticism of the Bush administration and of the CIA. The officials say the restrictions amount to an unprecedented political "appropriateness" test at odds with earlier CIA policies on outside publishing."

http://news.nationaljournal.com/articles/0427nj1.htm

6:00 PM  
Anonymous waterflake said...

Boy the guy certainly has some screws loose. He talks about bringing democracy to the world but is on the road to institut a dictatorship in his own country.

Another President greater than Bush can ever dream to be had a very different view on the subject.


John Fitzgerald Kennedy

The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the nation as a whole.

Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly as necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right.

Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.

Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.

6:23 PM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

Methinks the administration is REALLY WORRIED that you will distract Mr. Rove FOR A LONG TIME on his new focus of saving this criminal bunch from getting the boot in November.

I certainly hope I'm right. Not that I love being right, but right now, right is good.

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maura2e - Stop worrying. PJF has divine protection.
D

6:25 PM  
Anonymous e said...

Subway Fitz is a rockin' Dude...

6:27 PM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

and I'm starting to feel sorry for Judge Walton. I wonder if he knew
what he way getting into.

Sir, we have great respect for you.
This cannot be easy. Thank you for your service. Not that you aren't up to the task, but you sure
have a whole lot of heavy hitters
trying to get your goat.

6:28 PM  
Anonymous e said...

http://www.crooksandliars.com/

Rove Worried: Fitzmas coming?

6:35 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

I saw Teak's comment about when Pat Roberts is going to get rid of in Kansas. In order to remove Roberts, you got to remove the cancer first: Cheney. You may not know this but Cheney gave contribute money to Roberts for Senate. And I think that Roberts' damage control and protecting the Gerbil and company are all guided and spearheaded by Cheney. You noitce we haven't seen Cheney lately.

Something that I found:

CHENEY, RICHARD B
DALLAS, TX 75201
HALLIBURTON CO
ROBERTS, PAT (R)
Senate - KS
PAT ROBERTS FOR SENATE $1,000
primary 05/06/96

6:40 PM  
Anonymous e said...

e said...
SPB...... WOODWARD
firedoglake

"(In response to last night’s post on the Page Six gossip that Bob Woodward may be retiring from the Washington Post, Paul Lukasiak wrote this comment and I thought it deserved much wider exposure — JH)
There are excellent reasons why the Post is extremely unhappy with Woodward right now.

First and foremost, his story makes no sense. And what “sense” it does make, implicates Woodward (and, by extension, the Post) in a conspiracy to obstruct justice."

6:49 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

e,

That was a matter of time for Woodward. I posted last night that Washington Post is putting Wooward on a tightleash. They were eventually going to let him go. His title at the Washington Post ws a created position. He basically had the freedom to come and go as he wanted to work on his books. But, since he lied to the Washington Post about information on the CIA Leak case and then went publicly tothe media and talked badly about Fitz, Woodward basically lost his crown and respect in journalism. Interesting the changes of the reporters tied to this case:

Out: Woodward, Miller, and Viveca Novak
In: Matt Cooper, Tim Russett
Maybe: Tweety Matthews, David Brooks, Robert Novak

Who is next???

6:55 PM  
Anonymous e said...

SPB where is chris matthews..haven't seen him on hardball

will they be indicted?

and Will tomorrow be the day for Rove since they meet again tomorrow+?????????

7:18 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

e:

Well you know I cannot say since it is tightlipped with Fitz. But, it will be soon. So stay tuned... As far as Matthews, well ,you know he is in heap of trouble with his popularity and taking money to promote the GOP. It may be sign of the changes of guard for his position on Hardball. Asfar as Matthews being indicted, that all depends on what he told Fitz. And Fitz didn't indicate anyone was getting a deal.. For Matthews' sake and reputation, he better not had lied to Fitz. Fitz is first going after Rove, Hadley, and Cheney. These are the major players in this case. Don't worry about the Getbil. He's good as gone. Once allthe major players removed, then you will see certain reporters and other people scambling and fessing up to avoid jail time. I wouldn't worry about Tweety...

7:24 PM  
Anonymous e said...

Ken Silverstein reports at Harper's blog on the spreading Cunningham-Wade-Wilkes prostitute scandal. He says more lawmakers, past and present, are being investigated. Sounds like he thinks House Intel Chair-turned-

http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/

"CIA Director Porter Goss is one of them:

I've learned from a highly-connected source that those under intense scrutiny by the FBI are current and former lawmakers on Defense and Intelligence comittees -- including one person who now holds a powerful intelligence post. [emphasis added]"

7:33 PM  
Anonymous jodi said...

SPB:
I thought Chris Matthews was on vacation. But you're saying that he is in legal jeopardy with the CIA Leak case?

7:45 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

No, he hasn't been charged anything with the CIA leak. I only say if his testimony doesn't fly with Fitz, he could be called in. We have not idea what he told Fitzgerald. His reputation is in jepardy because of taking money to promote the GOP. That has nothing to do with the leak case. Again, we don't know what Matthews, Tim Russett, Cooper, etc said to Fitz. We have to wait and see. Fitz's number 1 priority is to go after Rove, Hadley, and Cheney. I wouldn't worry about Matthews. I think Matthews is worry about the major players in this leak case and his reputation. That can make or break his career...

10:52 PM  
Anonymous jodi said...

Thanks again SPB for the explaination.

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