As reported on ABC News, convicted felon Scooter Libby was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison, in addition he will serve 2 years of probation after completion of his jail time and a fine of $250,000.
Federal Judge Reggie Walton sentence was in line with Patrick Fitzgerald’s recommendation of 30-37 months. In true Bush Administration fashion, Scooter takes no responsibility for his actions, as noted by Fitzgerald in his sentencing memorandum: (emphasis mine)
Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald wrote in his sentencing memorandum, filed last month: “Mr. Libby maintains that despite his conviction, he is totally innocent. He has expressed no remorse, no acceptance of responsibility, and no recognition that there is anything he should have done differently.”
Supporters and friends of Libby had asked for leniency, since he was a high-ranking government official who was serving the public in his position at the White House.
As for supporters and friends, it’s the who’s who of corruption and scandals. The Smoking Gun has the letters, heading up the list is Don Rumsfeld, throw in Wolfowitz and John Bolton and that might have put judge Walton over the top in putting Libby in jail.
UPDATE (by David): As noted in the comments, Judge Walton will decide next week whether Libby will remain free on bond pending appeal; early indications were that Walton was disinclined to allow it, but he is allowing both sides to brief the issue. Meanwhile, here’s Bill Kristol on the terrible injustice done to the felonious Scooter Libby:
Bush evades his responsibility with respect to Libby.
by William Kristol
Will Bush pardon Libby? Apparently not–even if it means a man who worked closely with him and sought tirelessly to do what was right for the country goes to prison. Bush spokeswoman Dana Perino, noting that the appeals process was underway, said, “Given that and in keeping with what we have said in the past, the president has not intervened so far in any other criminal matter and he is going to decline to do so now.”
So much for loyalty, or decency, or courage. For President Bush, loyalty is apparently a one-way street; decency is something he’s for as long as he doesn’t have to take any risks in its behalf; and courage–well, that’s nowhere to be seen. Many of us used to respect President Bush. Can one respect him still?
Well, so much for Republicans as the party of law and order.