Libby Pleads to Appeals Court: Keep Me Out of Jail!

19 de junio de 2007

June 19, 2007 (LPAC)--Lawyers for Lewis "Scooter" Libby filed an emergency motion with a federal appeals court today, asking the court to delay Libby's date with federal prison until his appeal is decided by the appeals court -- which could take a year or more. If the court lets Libby stay out of prison, this will reduce the pressure being put on President Bush by Dick Cheney and his supporters for Bush to pardon Libby or to commute his sentence.

Federal judge Reggie Walton, explicitly declining to give Libby any special treatment because of his status, has refused to allow Libby to remain free during this appeal, and instead ordered that Libby must report to prison when the federal Bureau of Prisons designates a facility for him, which normally takes six to eight weeks.

The White House has fudged, indicating that the President would not decide on a pardon as long as the appeals process is underway, but then qualifying that, to as long as Libby "is still outside of the custody of the criminal justice system."

The real danger for Cheney is that Libby, facing imminent incarceration, might decide to cooperate with federal prosecutors and tell them what he knows about Cheney's role in both the disclosure of Valerie Plame Wilson's identity and the ensuing coverup