Jul 31, 2007

High Noon - High Drama...

Specter: WH must clarify Gonzales testimony by noon Today

"The Senate Judiciary Committee’s ranking Republican, Arlen Specter (Pa.), emerged from a crucial Monday briefing and gave the Bush administration 18 hours to resolve the controversy over apparent contradictions in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’s congressional testimony."

"Specter aides released a statement late Monday that suggested a bombshell to come on Tuesday afternoon." <more>
"People gotta talk themselves into law and order before they do anything about it. Maybe because down deep they don't care. They just don't care." - High Noon

UPDATE: White House ignores Arlen's deadline

Wisdom from a recent fortune cookie - "Ultimatums ring hollow unless one is prepared to back them up. Lucky numbers 7 12 9 24"

UPDATE II: My Dog Ate My Homework
UPDATE III: Invisible Ink?


Jul 30, 2007

Get Healthy Soon, Chief Justice Roberts...

So relaxing in Maine...is there any chance you forgot to refill a Rx for Xanax...doctors say one must "taper" off certain medications.

Chief Justice Roberts has seizure, falls

BTW, how do you feel about suspicionless drug testing of students, government employees, elected officials?

D.C. Climate Change...

FBI, IRS search home of Sen. Ted Stevens

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Agents from the FBI and Internal Revenue Service on Monday searched the home of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, an official said.

Investigators arrived at the Republican senator's home in Girdwood shortly before 2:30 p.m. Alaska time, said Dave Heller, FBI assistant special agent.

Heller said he could not comment on the nature of the investigation, but suggested "Senator Stevens might freeze his assets off in Alaska and D.C."

The Justice Department has been looking into the seven-term senator's relationship with a wealthy contractor as part of a public corruption investigation. <more>

Graft and corruption does not discriminate based on age, race, gender or political party - just say "No, thank you!"

"...freeze his assets off." Good one, Dave! Randall, why don't you write me zingers like that? ;)

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Peak On Boo..?

Update On Bush’s Illegal Spying

"The controversy over the Bush Administration’s illegal surveillance of Americans and the Attorney General’s role in concealing it became more intense over the weekend. Much of the focus was on the side show of whether Attorney General Gonzales did or did not mislead or lie to Congress when he claimed there was never any significant disagreement over the “program the President has confirmed.” But the “underlying crime,” which the Administration keeps trying to sweep under the rug, is and always has been the illegal spying on Americans. And bit by bit, the Administration has been forced to concede it engaged in these crimes for years." - FDL

Gonzales's Honesty Disputed

Claims of misstatements made by attorney general to shield Bush "hang over" from 90's

Jul 28, 2007

Alberto Gonzalez & The Deathly Hallows...

Gloom Over D.O.J.
"When you have a Minister of Magic with his personal integrity and credibility so repeatedly reduced to shreds, not to mention in so public a forum, that's just antithetical to the very nature of the Justice Department and its role in upholding the rule of law," -- "This is the Department of Justice and the attorney general, where absolute integrity is Job 1."

When I'm stuck with the day that's gray and lonely
I just stick out my chin and grin and say, ohhh

The sun will come out, tomorrow
So you gotta hang on 'til tomorrow
Come what may...

Tomorrow, tomorrow
I love ya, tomorrow
A resignation is always a day away...

Jul 27, 2007

Countdown: A Clear Case Of...

self-inflicted Legitimate Cause...

"Mommy, why is the lying man still in charge of the law?"- Daily Show video

DOJ Comedy Central - no laughing matter, but does leave one susceptible to the occasional whizgigging...

Jul 26, 2007

Otra Vez..?

Help Wanted: Consultor Especial

"We ask that you immediately appoint an independent special counsel from outside the Department of Justice to determine whether Attorney General Gonzales may have misled Congress or perjured himself in testimony before Congress," four Democratic senators wrote in a letter Wednesday...adding "It has become apparent that the Attorney General has provided, at a minimum, half-truths and misleading statements" to the Judiciary Committee, while readying festive Piñata sticks...
And...Karl has been subpoened...

Jul 25, 2007

“Democratus Liberalas..?”

Patrick Fitzgerald’s Politics.

"Ever since he became U. S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, many people…including I…have been trying to deduce Patrick Fitzgerald’s politics. An Irishman born to a lower middle class family whose patriarch was a Catholic Manhattan apartment house doorman may mean (a) a Reaganesque Republican, blue collar, possibly pro-union but with traditional family values or (b) a hard-shelled Democrat who believes the Republican party is less interested in people than in preserving the patrimony for Wall Street and entrepreneurialism. Which is it?"

"Patrick Fitzgerald is a blooming species 'democratus liberalas' elitist snob, superior, condescending, patronizing…Democrat in deep blue hue, probably pro-Obama with a hidden desire to STIG (Stand Tall in Georgetown)." <more>
And I thought I was an "ENFJ".

Jul 24, 2007

Go, Dog. Go..!

"It's Getting Hot Up Here!"

Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter told Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Tuesday to consider appointing a very special prosecutor to investigate the firings of federal prosecutors. - Video

See, kids. See! Dogs all over the place. Big ones. Little ones. Green. Blue. Red. Doggies sporting spots and hats. Sta-sta-ammerrring. Political-whee-eling. Stone-wall-hollering. Pillow-thwack-fighting. Testi-fi-lying. In hot water. Up in trees. Some with fleas. Boinggg — on trampolines. In and out of zoom, HONK!
This is a rollicking free-for-all of chicanine-ery. A big and little political world of doggy fun. Time to get going. Go, dogs. Go!

Hop on Pop

Senator stumps Gonzales over authority granted to Cheney to intervene in Justice probes

Jul 21, 2007

Radio Daze...

Jul 20, 2007

Note To Self...

Next time listen to Randall -- anything with "PR" in it is HIS job!

Fitz's Nina Totin' Bag
Endearing himself further to the Volvo-driving, latte-sipping, NPR listening liberal left (guilty on counts myself), Patrick Fitzgerald last night participated in the public radio quiz show "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me."

"Fitzgerald blushed when asked about his inclusion in People magazine's 'Sexiest Man Alive' list."

"In commemoration of the event, Sagal presented Fitzgerald with a child's scooter engraved with, 'To Patrick Fitzgerald, USA, This one will stay where you put it.'"<

Note to R.S.: Please issue press release DID NOT BLUSH.

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Free Beer, Rafting, Darts And Spelunking...

Crikey! Don't try this at home.

"Fitzgerald Deserves Top U.S. Law Post"

July 20 (Bloomberg) -- Patrick Fitzgerald won the convictions of four Osama bin Laden associates in May 2001. In March, he got Shooter's "Scooter" Libby. Last week, he nailed Conrad Black.

Fitzgerald, 46, isn't saying what may be next in his career. Friends and colleagues say he probably will remain a prosecutor rather than join a law firm. One colleague says Fitzgerald's destiny may include the top law-enforcement job in the country: U.S. attorney general.

"I think he would make a spectacular attorney general," said former Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Comey - "He certainly is one of the very best federal prosecutors in America."

Fitzgerald once competed fiercely in rugby and darts, said Comey, who got to know him as a law student when they shared a summer house in Spring Lake, New Jersey. "He drank a lot of beer without paying for it," Comey said with a laugh.

Fitzgerald now enjoys traveling, exploring caves in New Zealand, going white-water rafting, and visiting relatives in Ireland, Comey said. <
Jimmy, please. Not all my secrets!

Youth of America, words from the wise - never mix darts and rafting or pints in a cave with a six foot ceiling, but most importantly -- just say "no, thank you" to graft and resist the powerful urge to pop your collar!

Jul 19, 2007

Do You Like Apples..?

First Plame Case Film Set to Roll

Variety reports - "Matt Damon would be the prosecutor..."

A Red Sox fan and Edie Falco? What were they thinking?


MSNBC's - The Daily Show...

Chris Matthews is always good for a laugh, especially when it concerns Judy Miller.

Keith - is he in the running for tonight's "Worst Person in the World" or "Worst Fair & Balanced"?

On a more serious note..?
AG Finally Gives Junkyard Dog Prosecutor a Bone

"Good job," Gonzales said, extending his trembling hand to Fitzgerald.


Jul 17, 2007

Not My Job..!

Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!

Patrick Fitzgerald, the Chicago-based U.S. attorney, will make an appearance on Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!, the Chicago-based Saturday comical hour on National Public Radio.

With national fame earned from his role as special counsel in the leak of a CIA agent's identity and his prosecution of former White House aide Lewis "Scooter'' Libby for obstruction of justice in that investigation, Fitzgerald will take a seat on the nationally broadcast radio program as someone pressed to talk about something he knows nothing about.

In the "Not My Job'' segment of the show, celebrities are quizzed out of field.
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer faced questioning about the habits of rock stars. Elizabeth Edwards, wife of the former senator from North Carolina, John Edwards, seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, was asked about celebrity rehab treatment. Ted Koppel, the longtime host of ABC's Nightline, was quizzed about the box-office bust, Sahara.

“Several times recently I thought about getting tickets to go watch it, but never got it done,” Fitzgerald is quoted as saying about the show. “Now I know I have a seat.”

While Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! takes the show on the road sometimes, its home base is Chicago. And Fitzgerald, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, will be close to home when it’s taped this week in the city’s Millennium Park.

The show is aired by 425 member stations -- the first media appearance for Fitzgerald since Libby's conviction and then commutation of his prison time by the president.

"We're going to subject Patrick Fitzgerald to the rigors of our quiz, and whether he wins or loses is entirely up to him,” says show host Peter Sagal. "Of course, if he does lose, we expect the president to intervene and change the result. It'd only be fair, right?"

Airing the weekend of July 21-22 on NPR Member stations nationwide. It will be available as an NPR podcast beginning Sunday, July 22, at 7 p.m. at www.NPR.org.

Can Hollywood be far behind? ;)


Jul 16, 2007

McTuff On Crime..!

do you want fries with that..?

Bush's leniency for Libby doesn't jibe with administration's push to enforce mandatory minimum sentences

President Bush's rationale for sparing Lewis "Scooter'' Libby from prison -- that his 2 1/2-year sentence was more severe than the former vice presidential aide deserved for lying to a grand jury -- is at odds with his support of new legislation that, by the administration's description, would make such sentences mandatory.

The president's critics are contrasting his leniency for Libby with his overall advocacy of stiff sentences, his insistence that federal prosecutors seek strict compliance with sentencing guidelines, and the Justice Department's support of life terms for petty thieves with long criminal records under California's "three strikes" law.

Defense lawyers in San Francisco and elsewhere, meanwhile, have seized on Bush's commutation to argue for lighter sentences for white-collar defendants -- filing what some attorneys are calling "Libby motions." <more>

Jul 14, 2007

"Qui Pro Domina Justitia Sequitur..."

Jul 13, 2007

What "Media Tycoon"..?

Sir Conrad Black -- Member of Britain's House of Lords - GUILTY of Fraud

Now go out and get yourself some big black frames

With the glass so dark they wont even know your name
And the choice is up to you cause they come in two classes:
Rhinestone shades or cheap sunglasses
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah
Conrad Black, Three Codefendants Convicted
I hope the Queen Mother doesn't commute this sentence...

Jul 12, 2007

Doin' His Business...

Bush seeks to put Libby issue behind him

WASHINGTON - President Bush on Thursday sought to put to rest the controversy over his decision to spare a top former White House official from going to jail, saying it was time to put it behind us, flush and move on. <more>
President Bizzy on the Televizzle

Jul 11, 2007

Mr. Wilson...

goes to Congress.

Statement of Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, IV (ret.) To the House Committee on the Judiciary

July 11, 2007

Mr. Chairman, Mr. Ranking member, members of the Committee,

Thank you for the invitation to appear before you at this hearing on the possible abuse of Presidential authority in the commutation of I. Lewis Libby, convicted on four counts of lying to federal investigators, perjury and obstruction of justice. I am not a lawyer, but I have understandably followed this case closely. This matter, after all, involves the betrayal of our national security, specifically the leaking of the identity of a covert officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, my wife, Valerie Wilson, as a vicious means of political retribution.

After it became apparent in Spring of 2003 that one of the key justifications for war in the President's State of the Union address was not supported by the facts, I felt an obligation and a sense of responsibility to the American people and to our men and women in uniform to share my first-hand knowledge about the unsubstantiated allegations of uranium yellowcake sales from Niger to Iraq. Accordingly, In a New York Times article on July 6, 2003, I disclosed the deliberate deceptions surrounding the justification for the invasion, conquest, and occupation of Iraq. Eight days later Valerie's status as a CIA operative was made public in a newspaper column by Robert Novak. We now know from testimony and evidence presented in the United States vs. I. Lewis Libby that Novak's column was the end product of a process that was initiated by Vice President Cheney who directed his chief of staff, Scooter Libby to supervise it.

Never in my twenty-three years as a member of the diplomatic service of the United States did I ever imagine a betrayal of our national security at the highest levels.

Fifteen years ago this week, I was sworn in as George Herbert Walker Bush's Ambassador to two African countries - Gabon and Sao Tome and Principe. Seventeen years ago I served as his acting Ambassador to Iraq in the first Gulf War. I was the last American diplomat to confront Saddam Hussein about his invasion of Kuwait prior to Desert Storm. As acting Ambassador, my embassy was responsible for the safe evacuation of over 2,000 Americans from Kuwait and Iraq and the release of close to 150 Americans held hostage by Saddam and his thugs.

I was proud to serve my country mostly overseas, for twenty-three years, in both Republican and Democratic administrations, and to promote and defend the values enshrined in our Constitution and Bill of Rights. I was honored to be then President Bush's envoy to Iraq and to have been part of the foreign policy team that managed the international crisis created by Saddam's invasion of Kuwait. Members of that foreign policy team remain among my closest colleagues and friends.

Given my service, it has been therefore disconcerting to see my family and my targeted in the crosshairs of a character assassination campaign launched by the Vice President and carried out by his chief of staff, and by the President's chief political aide, Karl Rove, among others.

Ultimately, this concerted effort to discredit me, ruining my wife's career along the way, has had a larger objective. This matter has always been about this administration's case for war and its willingness to mislead the American people to justify it. In order to protect its original falsehoods, the Vice President and his men decided to engage in a further betrayal of our national security. Scooter Libby sought to blame the Press, yet another deception. He was willing even to allow a journalist to spend eighty-five days in jail in a most cowardly act to avoid telling the truth.

President Bush promised that if any member of the White House staff were engaged in this matter, it would be a firing offense. However, the trial of Scooter Libby has proved conclusively that Karl Rove was involved, and although he escaped indictment, he still works at the White House. We also know as a result of evidence introduced in the trial that President Bush himself selectively declassified national security material to attempt to support the false rationale for war. The President's broken promise and his own involvement in this unseemly smear campaign reveal a chief executive willing to subvert the rule of law and system of justice that has undergirded this great republic of ours for over 200 years.

Make no mistake, the President's actions last week cast a pall of suspicion over his office and Vice President Cheney. Mr. Libby was convicted of, among other crimes, obstruction of justice - a legal term used to describe a cover-up. The Justice Department's Special Counsel, Patrick Fitzgerald, has said repeatedly that Mr. Libby's blatant lying had been the equivalent of "throwing sand in the eyes of the umpire", thereby ensuring that the umpire, the system of justice, cannot ascertain the whole truth. As a result, Fitzgerald has said, "a cloud remains over the Vice President." In commuting Mr. Libby's sentence, the President has removed any incentive for Mr. Libby to cooperate with the prosecutor. The obstruction of justice is ongoing and now the President has emerged as its greatest protector. The President's explanation for his commutation that Mr. Libby's sentence was excessive turns out to be yet another falsehood because the sentence was quite normal, as Special Counsel Fitzgerald noted. The President, at the very least, owes the American people a full and honest explanation of his actions and those of other senior administration officials in this matter, including, but not limited to the Vice President.

In closing, let me address the question of the underlying crime. Mr. Libby's attorneys and his apologists have tried to downplay his conviction on the grounds that nobody was actually indicted for the leak of Valerie's status as a covert CIA officer. Libby's propaganda is an effort to distract from his crime - his obstruction of justice, his cover up. Who is he protecting?

I would like the committee members and all Americans to think about this matter in this way: If senior American officials take time from their busy schedules to meet with a foreign military attaché for the purpose of compromising the identity of a CIA covert officer, what would we call that? Although that scenario is hypothetical, the end result is no different from what happened in this case - the betrayal of our national security.

I look forward to answering any and all legitimate questions.
Great Scott! He cut right through the fiddle faddle...and now for something completely different...

Jul 10, 2007

No Shizzay...

Playa Libby: Probations All Right wit Me

All parties agreed today that Scoota Libby should, in fizzay serve two years of probation, most likely pav'n tha way fo` tha judge ta conclude tha same.

Judge Reggie Walton had asked Libbys cracka n Special Prosecizzles Patrick Fitzgerald ta weigh in on tha special predicizzle created by tha presidents commutizzles of Libbys sentence last wizzy: Bizzle had eliminated tha jail time, but left in place tha two-year period of supervised releaze thizzay was ta follow incarceration.

In his motion today, Fitzgerald argued that Libbys probation should have started July 2nd, tha dizzle of tha commutizzles fo shizzle. Fitzgerald also pointed out in saggin' that Libbys sentence, W-H-to-tha-izzich bizzle judged "excessizzles had bizzle on tha "izzle low-end of tha applicable Pimpin' Guidizzles range." In addition ta Libbys 30 months in prison n two years of probation, Libby was hit witta $250,000 fine, whizzay he paid last week.

Libbys lawya echoed tha White Hizouse line, mizzy official in a shot calla frizzom counsel Fred Field'n poser today, that tha president's commutizzles should rule over any discrepizzles wit tha sentenc'n statute.

You can read Fitzgeralds argument here like old skool shit. Its not clear when Judge Walton will makes his final decision.

Jul 7, 2007

Just-Ice On The Rocks...

How Scooter Skated

Pat Buchanan

Why did Bush do it?

Why did he suddenly barge into the legal process and erase the entire 30-month sentence of Scooter Libby?

For, from his own statement, Bush found the act deeply distasteful.

In that statement, Bush calls Libby's crimes "serious convictions of perjury and obstruction of justice." He praises Patrick Fitzgerald as "a highly qualified professional prosecutor who carried out his responsibilities as charged."

Bush indicated no disagreement with the verdict.

"[A] jury of citizens weighed all the evidence and listened to all the testimony and found Mr. Libby guilty of perjury and obstructing justice. . . . our entire system of justice relies on people telling the truth. And if a person does not tell the truth, particularly if he serves in government and holds the public trust, he must be held accountable."

"I respect the jury's verdict," Bush added.

Bush went on to detail the punishments that will stand.

"My decision to commute his prison sentence leaves in place a harsh punishment for Mr. Libby. The reputation he gained through his years of public service and professional work in the legal community is forever damaged. . . . The significant fines imposed by the judge will remain in effect. The consequences of his felony conviction on his former life as a lawyer, public servant and private citizen will be long-lasting."

This reads like the preamble to Judge Reggie Walton's imposition of the two-and-a-half-year prison sentence. Yet, this is contained in Bush's explanation for wiping out Libby's entire sentence. It is mystifying.

Why did Bush do it? Why did he intervene at all? Why now? Why not let Scooter go to jail and commute the sentence at Christmas, if he thought it excessive?

The suddenness of Bush's action is easiest explained. Hours before he tossed his commutation statement to the press, the court had turned down Libby's last request that he be allowed to stay out of prison as his appeal is heard. Bush's need to act was obvious. Scooter was on his way to prison.

But why did Bush rush to spare him even one day behind bars?

Three explanations come to mind.

The first is that Bush capitulated to intense pressure from the neoconservative commentariat led by The Wall Street Journal and The Weekly Standard.

To these folks, Scooter is no felon. Scooter is a hero. In the neocon network, Scooter was the pivot man in the veep's office moving the cherry-picked intel on Saddam's WMD, Saddam's nukes, Saddam's ties to 9/11 and al Qaeda to a collaborationist press as determined as he was to smash Iraq and Iran, secure Israel and control the Middle East.

So what if Scooter lied to cover up the White House campaign to carve up Joe Wilson? If Scooter did it, good Straussian that he is, he did it for the highest of motives in the noblest of causes.

To the neocons, Scooter is, in Ahmed Chalabi's phrase, "a hero in error," one of the boys. And as they saved him from the slammer, they will not stop until they secure him a pardon — to which Bush has now opened the door.

The second explanation is that Vice President Cheney went to Bush, closed the door, and asked, as a personal favor, that he spare Cheney's faithful friend and loyal aide the disgrace and pain of prison. And Bush did this distasteful and shameful act at the behest of a vice president to whom he feels an immense debt.

The third explanation is that Cheney, and perhaps the president, fears that if Scooter goes to prison, and is staring at disgrace and 30 months away from friends and family, he may think he has been abandoned by people whose secrets he kept at the cost of reputation and freedom. An idle mind being the devil's workshop, Scooter might sit down and write a book, or phone "Bulldog" Fitzgerald and tell him he just remembered something.

Whatever the motives of President Bush, this was a radical not a conservative act. Whoever pressured Bush to wipe out Scooter's sentence was more a friend of Scooter than a friend of Bush. For the president has damaged his reputation as a just ruler, so Scooter could elude what other men have to face.

Will the student deferments for these fellows never end?

The act reeks of cronyism. The perception is that Scooter Libby got preferential treatment, a get-out-of-jail-free card because he was chief of staff to Cheney and assistant to Bush.

That perception is correct.

Because of whom he knew, Scooter got preferential treatment, big-time. The Godfather took care of the consigliere.

Nothing new. After all, one recalls that the attorney who rustled up a pardon for Marc Rich from Bill Clinton was also a Beltway hustler by the name of Scooter Libby. The insiders take care of their own.

And that is how the game is played in the big city.

Bush unpardonably gives Libby a break

Jul 5, 2007

Payday Loans...

...and insufficient words.

President respects and deflects justice
So he lifted excessive sentence but left convictions, fine, probation.

By Tony Snow

President Bush commuted part of Lewis Libby's sentence because he considered a 30-month stretch in prison too severe. Libby was convicted of obstruction of justice and perjury; was fined $250,000; must serve two years probation; and will likely lose his license to practice law. That qualifies as a stern penalty for a first-time offender with a long history of public service

The Constitution gives the president the power to grant clemency in a wide range of cases, at his discretion, with no restrictions. In the final hours of the Clinton administration, this unfettered authority was embodied in a mad rush to push through pardons with dizzying haste � 141 grants on Clinton's final day in office, part of 211 in the final nine weeks.

In contrast, no president in recent history has made more careful use of the pardoning power than George W. Bush: The president believes pardons and commutations should reflect a genuine determination to strengthen the rule of law and increase public faith in government.

The Libby case was one such situation. After a highly publicized trial, involving calm legal analysis in the courtroom (but vicious vilification outside), Libby was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice. In reviewing the case, the president chose to rectify an excessive punishment, and at the same time, the president made clear that he would not second-guess the jury that found Libby guilty. He believes it is important to respect the jury's work. The concept of judgment by a jury of peers forms the backbone of our judicial system. So the president left intact the felony convictions and two of the major punishments � the fine and probation.

Many analysts cleverly avoid grappling with either of these issues, and instead try to analyze the commutation as a raw political exercise. That sort of analysis is off-base. The president was not motivated by politics in making this decision. If he had made the decision based on opinion polls, he wouldn't have lifted a finger.

Instead, he did what he does normally, and what makes those of us who work for him proud. He proceeded on the basis of principle, and arrived at a sound and just decision � knowing he would take hits in the court of public opinion, but also knowing he was doing the right thing.

Tony Snow is White House press secretary.

Jul 3, 2007


Jul 2, 2007

Whitewash Of A Cover-up Of A Crime...

PRESS CONTACT: Randall Samborn 312-BITE-ME


Statement of Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald regarding today’s decision by President Bush to commute the 30-month prison sentence of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby:

“We fully recognize that the Constitution provides that commutation decisions are a matter of presidential prerogative and we do not comment on the exercise of that prerogative.

We comment only on the statement in which the President termed the sentence imposed by the judge as “excessive.” The sentence in this case was imposed pursuant to the laws governing sentencings which occur every day throughout this country. In this case, an experienced federal judge considered extensive argument from the parties and then imposed a sentence consistent with the applicable laws. It is fundamental to the rule of law that all citizens stand before the bar of justice as equals. That principle guided the judge during both the trial and the sentencing.

Although the President’s decision eliminates Mr. Libby’s sentence of imprisonment, Mr. Libby remains convicted by a jury of serious felonies, and we will continue to seek to preserve those convictions through the appeals process.”
...as in a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham...

Jenna - be sure Judge Walton takes his blood pressure medicine and cuts back on the salt with his tequilla tonight. OK?
Fitzgerald is an honest prosecutor who worked like a dog for this conviction and got mocked by pissy members of the beltway entitlement set for his efforts. Now his work gets swept away by the chief crook seeking to obstruct justice. I’m gonna guess he’s righteously pissed. I know I am. - Firedoglake

The Decider Strikes...

President Bizzush Commutes Libby Prison Sentence

Tha boi K-to-tha-izzept his grill shizzay, his lips sealed, n wuz a loyal soldia through thick n thizzin.

What's a prosecizzles supposed ta do?

"Statement" by the "President"

Statements by Obama, Amb. Wilson, Reid, Pelosi, others...

Statement by C.R.E.W.
“First, President Bush said any person who leaked would no longer work in his administration. Nonetheless, Scooter Libby didn’t leave office until he was indicted and Karl Rove works in the White House even today. More recently, the vice president ignored an executive order protecting classified information, claiming he isn’t really part of the executive branch. Clearly, this is an administration that believes leaking classified information for political ends is justified and that the law is what applies to other people.”

A Few Good Men...

just doing their job and the right thing.

Court Denies Libby Ploy To Remain Free

A federal appeals court ruled today that I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, must report to prison shortly to begin serving his 30-month sentence for lying to federal investigators about his role in leaking a CIA officer's identity.

In a one-paragraph order, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied Libby's request to remain free while he appeals his conviction for perjury and obstruction of justice.

The judges said that Libby's appeal does not raise "a substantial question" close enough that it is likely his conviction will be overturned. <more>