D.C District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton sentenced former Vice Presidential aide Scooter Libby to 30 months in prison today.
Libby was convicted of lying to FBI agents who were investigating who leaked CIA Operaive Valerie Wilson's name to the press.
Libby was not taken into custody, and while the Judge said he could not think of a reason why Libby should remain free on an appellate bond, he agreed to review memoranda on the issue before setting a surrender date.
Here are some excerpts of what the lawyers said:
“He has fallen from public grace,” Mr. Wells said, his voice dropping to a hush. “It is a tragic fall, a tragic fall.”
But the prosecutor, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, argued that the defendant had shown “absolutely no contrition,” and that the court needed to send a message that lying in a criminal investigation can never be excused.
“Truth matters,” Mr. Fitzgerald said. “The whole system depends on that.”
Mr. Libby’s conduct was inexcusable, the prosecutor said, because as a lawyer he is “educated and experienced in these matters.”
Nor was the defendant’s lying a spur-of-the-moment decision, Mr. Fitzgerald went on. Rather, he said, Mr. Libby lied repeatedly over a period of weeks, rejecting numerous opportunities to change his account and avoid charges.
As for Mr. Libby’s long record of public service, Mr. Fitzgerald said, “We cannot create a special category of people” who are treated leniently just because they are in government
Rumpole says, we are clearly stepping on the toes of everyone's favourite federal blogger, but sometimes there is just nothing else to write about.
We sent some emails to the powers that be regarding the circumstances about Judge Klein's mysterious and rapid retirement from bond hearing duties. Obviously these Judges are way to busy to respond to our humble inquiries.
See You In Court.