WASHINGTON (July 20, 2007) — Screaming and crying, Scooter Libby was escorted out of a courtroom to prison after a judge ruled that he must serve out his sentence, and that the laws of the nation did, in fact, apply to him.
“It’s not right!” shouted the weeping Libby, who was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for lying and obstructing an investigation into the leak of a CIA operative’s identity. “Dicky!” he called out to U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney, who was not in attendance.
Libby, who was brought to court in handcuffs in a sheriff’s car, came into the courtroom disheveled and weeping, hair askew, sans makeup, wearing a gray fuzzy sweatshirt over slacks.
He cried throughout the hearing, his body shook constantly as he dabbed at his eyes. Several times he turned to a photo of President George W. Bush and mouthed, “I love you.”
One of her Libby’s attorneys said, “Beltway pundits have determined that due to Mr. Libby’s color and elite status, prison would be a very dangerous place for him.”
Nonetheless, a federal judge has denied Libby’s repeated, tearful requests to stay the sentence while he appeals his conviction.
More on this story as it develops.