Tuesday, March 06, 2007
The Libby Case Ends in Guilty Verdict
I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby and the Aspens in the West
No matter how they spin it, the verdict is a blot on Vice President Cheney, that he was deeply involved in smearing former Ambassador Joseph Wilson for his disclosure about fictitious claim by the Bush Administration that Iraq had purchased yellowcake uranium from Niger. Libby is taking the fall but Vice President Cheney played a major role in going after Ambassador Wilson and disclosure of the fact that his wife, Valerie Plame, was an undercover CIA officer. The facts raise questions about the role of the White House. Another example of how far the president and his aides were prepared to go to justify the war -- the war that has become like a ball of fat stuck in the president's throat.
A federal jury today convicted I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby of lying about his role in the leak of an undercover CIA officer's identity, finding the vice president's former chief of staff guilty of two counts of perjury, one count of making false statements and one count of obstruction of justice, while acquitting him of single count of lying to the FBI.
The verdict, reached by the 11 jurors on the 10th day of deliberations, culminated the seven-week trial of the highest-ranking White House official to be indicted on criminal charges in modern times.
Under federal sentencing guidlines, Libby faces a probable prison term of 1 1/2 to three years when he is sentenced by U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton June 5