On I. Lewis Libby… (UPDATED)

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I have been having some fun back-and-forth on this topic over at Gay Patriot. My blog-pals and friends at GP, for the most part, support President Bush’s commutation of his sentence. I disapprove. Many also think his conviction was political to begin with. I also disagree. These comments explain the reasons why I have staked out my positions on this topic:

I, for one, am horrified by some of the rationals of those defending
Libby. Libby was convicted, by a jury of his peers, of lying to the FBI
and grand jury on several occasions in order to obfuscate an ongoing
investigation. Unlike those of us on the outside, including myself, who
were getting bits of information from various sources that was often
framed (pun intended) to either convey Libby’s guilt (Keith Olberman) or
his innocence (Just One Minute), the jury heard ALL of the evidence, and
decided that Libby had committed 4 of the 5 offenses he was charged
with. Maybe you could defend his innocence if this were one measly
trumped-up charge, but we are looking at four counts of conviction here.

On the argument that the conviction was political, Orin Kerr, at the conservative / libertarian law blog “The Volokh Conspiracy”, simply and elegantly blows that ship out of the water. His view on the case being “purely political”:

I find this argument seriously bizarre. As I understand it, Bush political appointee James Comey named Bush political appointee and career prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to investigate the Plame leak. Bush political appointee and career prosecutor Fitzgerald filed anindictment and went to trial before Bush political appointee Reggie Walton. A jury convicted Libby, and Bush political appointee Walton sentenced him. At sentencing, Bush political appointee Judge Walton described the evidence against Libby as “overwhelming” and concluded that a 30-month sentence was appropriate. And yet the claim, as I understand it, is that the Libby prosecution was the work of political enemies who were just trying to hurt the Bush Administration.

He also had something to say about the Amitage cop-out and Alan Dershowitz’s apparent ability to read the jugde’s mind. And lets not forget that Dersh was a member of the OJ dream team. Yes, that’s a bit of a cheap shot on my part, but it also reflects a bit on Dersh’s character.

There is no “Left-Wing Conspiracy” here. Do we conservatives really want to start sounding like a bad echo of Hillary Clinton?

And while I’m ranting and mentioning Hillary, the whole “Well, Clinton did this”, or “he / she did that” meme is getting very tiresome. I have always stood firm on the point that I didn’t care that Clinton lied to me, his wife or family, or the American people. It was his lying to the Grand Jury that justified the impeachment. Had Clinton been allowed to stand in front of a real jury, as Libby had, I think the outcome would have been the same. Besides, at least Clinton had the good sense of notpardoning Susan McDougal while she was still enmeshed in the legal process.

On the “charges were never brought or proven for leaking the CIA operative’s identity” – I must remind you all that Al Capone was never convicted of murder, and Clinton was never charged with any of the shady deals involving Whitewater. It does not matter that charges for the original suspected crime were never brought, the act of deceiving the FBI or Grand Jury, as in the Martha Stewart case (erased a tape if you remember), leaves you open to these type of convictions.

Bruce, V, NDT, TGC, et. al. I love you guys and you are often a rock of sensibility offering a handhold in wishy-washy liberal choppy waters. But when, in defending Libby and the commutation, you offer up the same arguments / defenses used by the Clintonistas during the impeachment process, I have to wonder if my rock has turned out to be a huge sea turtle ready to dive or swim away. Republicans are supposed to be the party that, above all, honored and respected the law. What happened?

UPDATE: I had written another comment at GP explaining further why I believe the guilty verdict was appropriate and te commutation was not… but it got lost somewhere between the pressing the send button and getting to the GP server. Since then I have had a couple of people comment on my blog concering the very issues I had written about.  I will, in the comment section, summarise much of what was expresed in what was probably “The Best Damned Comment” I’d ever written.

Ten Things to Know About Procrastination.

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Sounds interesting.

Eh, I’ll read it tomorrow.