Libby Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison

June 05, 2007 10:47 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
A harsher punishment than expected for the vice president’s former chief of staff: two and a half years and a $250,000 fine.

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Presiding Judge Reggie Walton said that the sentence was based on “overwhelming evidence” of guilt on four counts: obstruction of justice, giving false statements, and two counts of perjury.

I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s punishment is sterner than the sentences suggested by federal guidelines. But it is toward the lower end of the range recommended by the prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald.

Responding to calls from Libby’s supporters for a presidential pardon, a White House spokesperson said that President Bush would decide on the case only at the conclusion of the appeal process.

Libby was convicted of obstructing the investigation into the alleged White House leak that outed Valerie Plame as a CIA agent in 2003.

White House critics claimed a leak had been arranged to punish Plame’s husband, Joseph Wilson. A former U.S. ambassador, Wilson became a vocal critic of the administration in the run-up to the Iraq war.

Should Libby not win his appeal or gain a presidential pardon, he will be the most senior White House official to serve jail time since the Watergate scandal of 1974.



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