Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Sometimes Things Just Work Themselves Out

Scooter Libby goes down, facing somewhere between 20-30 years in prison.
Personally, I think the charges against him were bogus and political.
Karma sometimes has a way of coming around, since it was Scooter who arranged the pardon (payoff)from Bill Clinton to Marc Rich.

Scooter ain't no conservative hero. He's been running with dogs. And he's as mangey as they are.

Drop him in a hole, and throw away the key.
America is better with one less of his kind running around.

5 comments:

The Law Fairy said...

So... the charges against him were bogus, but it's okay because he's a Friend Of Bill? That's an... interesting take on things.

I mean, really? It's one thing to say you're okay with it because he risked the life of a CIA operative. But if he didn't commit a crime, he didn't commit a crime. I'm troubled that you're okay with sending someone you think is innocent to jail, simply because in a past life he was a liberal confidant.

ajtooley said...

Scooter never endangered the lives of CIA operatives, not even real ones. That's not what he was on trial for, and it's not what he was found guilty of.

It's been public knowledge since August that it was Richard Armitage, former Undersecretary of State, who mistakenly blurted out Ms. Plame's identity to Robert Novak. He hasn't been charged with anything, presumably because he left the Bush administration over a disagreement over Iraq and is therefore not a Friend of George, so prosecution wouldn't be as politically profitable.

Scooter was tried for lying to federal authorities about what he knew and when he knew it, and for committing perjury. In other words, his trial was a carbon copy of Clinton's situation --a witch hunt followed by a show trial over a tangentially-related crime-- except that the President didn't get convicted. For myself, I'm fine with Scooter's conviction because I believe in a certain amount of consistency: if I held Clinton responsible for lying before the court, even if the surrounding proceedings were bogus, then I'd be a partisan hack for not holding Libby responsible under the same conditions.

Anonymous said...

Given the slaps on the wrist that others have gotten for actually doing something his sentence is unconscionable. This is just a guess, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him pardoned at the end of Bush's term.

Uncle Ben

Brian said...

I stand by what I said about this when the trial started.
The sort of quasi-crimes with which Libby was charged are just a way for prosecutors to bring a weak (but high-profile) case to trial.
The task of depriving people of their liberty ought not be an easy one for the state, under any circumstance.

Even if someone really deserves it.

Gino said...

LawFairy:
i just think its karma, is all.

scooter helped the FBI's most wanted international fugitive buy a pardon from a corrupt president.
now, he can do the time his client should have gotten. i dont feel for him.

he is a player in the most corrupt aspects of our system (and BOTH sides do it. its actually incestuous).

i know, he's a zealous defender, as a lawyer should be, and the kind i would hire, if i could afford it.

but... if a lawyer defends, and springs from justice, a criminal he knows is guilty, he does indeed have a debt to pay, either in this world or the next, for his evil.

in this case, he didnt aid a proper defense in court of law. he did the opposite. he avoid the justice system through crooked means to free a criminal.

he is, to me, morally no better than marc rich.