Beg Pardon?

Following up on the news below

From the Washington Post:

I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Cheney, was sentenced today to 30 months in prison and fined $250,000 for lying to investigators about his role in leaking the identity of an undercover CIA officer.

“Evidence in this case overwhelmingly indicated Mr. Libby’s culpability,” U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton said moments before he handed out the sentence. The judge said he was sentencing Libby “with a sense of sadness. I have the highest respect for people who take positions in our government and appreciate tremendously efforts they bring to bear to protect this country.”

At the same time, Walton said, “I also think it is important we expect and demand a lot from people who put themselves in those positions. Mr. Libby failed to meet the bar. For whatever reason, he got off course.”

Just before Walton pronounced the sentence, Libby briefly appealed to the judge. After thanking Walton for the court’s courtesy and kindness during the lengthy proceedings, Libby said: “It is respectfully my hope that the court will consider along with the jury verdict my whole life. Thank you your honor.”

Well, the Orcosphere now all has something to weep, wail, gnash their teeth, and generally get all pissy over, and the on-line petitions to the White House to pardon Mr. Libby are in the works, I’m sure. The underlying and overarching claim will be that that what Mr. Libby did — obstruction of justice — isn’t really a crime here; all he did was forget to tell the federal prosecutor a few details about his role in the outing of Valerie Plame.


My, my, how times have changed; the right wing certainly has become liberal in their thinking about the Rule of Law. Why, it was just 1998 — nine short years ago — that they impeached Bill Clinton and brought the government to a screeching halt based on the accusation that Mr. Clinton had obstructed justice and forgot to tell the federal prosecutor a few details about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Oh, but that was about a blow job, not outing a covert CIA agent. That makes all the difference, see? It was about sex, and of course that is the most important thing in the world.

The catch in getting a pardon is that in accepting it, Mr. Libby thereby admits to the crimes he’s being punished for. Then all the wind goes out of the argument that what he did wasn’t a crime — you can’t be pardoned for being innocent — and therefore the righties will thereby be making the case that Yes, Scooter did break the law. You can’t have it both ways.

Oh, wait…these are Republicans.

Cross-posted from Bark Bark Woof Woof.

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12 responses to “Beg Pardon?

  1. If Libby is pardoned, can’t he then be compelled to testify in future trials, since he can’t claim 5th Amendment protections?

    Of course, I’ve long thought that Dubya, on his way out the door, will cut pre-emptive pardons for everyone in jeopardy in his administration, just in case there are some “partisan investigations.”

  2. Brynn

    When will the fundraising start–or has it already?–to pay his fine and legal costs?

    This is just the culmination of the criminal path the Republican party has followed, starting (in my memory) with Nixon’s wiretapping and Watergate, proceeding through Iran-Contra and the illegal/secret negotiations to free the American hostages before the 1980 election, the savings & loan and BCCI scandals, Enron, Weapons of Mass Destruction, New Orleans, and, well, you know the rest.

    They’ve pretty much gotten away with it all, with the exception of a few wrists slapped here and there, like this. 30 months and he’ll probably serve it in an institution with tennis courts?

    Crime pays. Why should they stop?

  3. Melissa McEwan

    My, my, how times have changed; the right wing certainly has become liberal in their thinking about the Rule of Law.

    snort!

    Wankers.

  4. Nik E Poo

    Crime pays. Why should they stop?

    5/29/2007:
    “The former head of China’s food and drug administration was sentenced to death Tuesday for taking bribes to approve substandard medicines —”

    Hmmm … thats a different approach all together.

  5. NonyNony

    Orcosphere?

  6. Constant Comment

    Does anyone know if Cheney wrote a letter of support for his fall guy? I remember a fairly recent interview that Darth had with Tim Russert, I think, in which he admitted that he hadn’t had any contact (at least up until that point) with Scooter. I’d say that was unbelievable but after living through six years of Bush/Cheney, sadly, it’s not unbelievable AT ALL.

  7. The mouthpieces have said that Bush has no intention of pardoning Mr. Libby (according to NPR). Perhaps he’ll actually have to spend some time at the country club after all.

  8. Constant Comment

    I think he’ll have to let Scooter sit in jail a LITTLE while, at least, before he pardons him on his way out.

  9. Doktor Wankenstein

    When will the fundraising start–or has it already?–to pay his fine and legal costs?

    Scaife will take it out of petty cash.

  10. Orcosphere?

    It’s from Tolkien; the Orcs were slave army of the Dark Lord. I came up with it a while ago to describe the ravening right-wing bloggers who slavishly follow the lead of the White House, FOX, Rush, etc. and feed off each other without giving what they’re saying much thought.

    I’m sure there are those on the left who fall into that category, but they fewer in numbers, and are not so well organized, vocal, or just plain scary.

  11. Oh! That makes sense. I’ve heard the troll/orc distinction before, but didn’t connect it to ‘orcosphere.’ I was thinking something about killer whales. 🙂

  12. but didn’t connect it to ‘orcosphere.’ I was thinking something about killer whales.

    Yup, me too! :LOL:

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