Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Fork meet Scooter

Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby has been found guilty on four of five counts in his perjury and obstruction of justice trial. CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said, "He is virtually certain to go to prison if this conviction is upheld."
The Right keeps saying this was a wtich hun since know 'laws' were broken. I just want them to explain to me WHY Scooter felt it necessary to lie than. There is still more to this and we may never know the real truth of how dirty the Veep and his boss's hands were in all this.

Now, the Pardon watch begins!
there's also the clock. And that's going to be very important -- the calendar. Because the time for presidential pardons of controversial people is in the lame duck period, after a president is leaving offfice. So the real issue here is, can Scooter Libby extend his time outside of prison long enough to get to that lame duck period when he might actually get a pardon?

So let's do the math a little bit. He's apparently going to be sentenced in June. Post-trial motions will probably keep going through most of the summer. His appeal probably won't even begin until the fall. An appeal probably takes three or four months to be resolved. That would take us into January, February, March of 2008. If, like most defendants, he loses, he could then go for a [certiorari] petition. He could ask the Supreme Court to get involved in the case. That really might take him up to November 2008.

So it is possible that he will be out of prison pending sentencing during his appeal enough time for President Bush, then, to pardon him following the presidential election in 2008, before he leaves office in January 2009.

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