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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Scooter Libby - Time for the Resident Lawyer to Chime In

The verdict yesterday was probably correct but the process totally wrong.

I like many of my conservative ilk was saddened by a man like Scooter Libby being found guilty of four felonies. Libby appears to be a good man. It seems he screwed up and/or was poorly advised as he went through the investigation and grand jury process. His dodging during that process clearly was not artful and arguably ascended to the level of perjury.

It is axiomatic that perjury "strikes at the heart of the judicial system." Once the threshold has been crossed, the prosecutors have no choice but to proceed with criminal proceedings a la Martha Stewart. That is what happened in this case.

Having said that, how did they get to that point?

If, as it seems to me, the prosecutor knew who leaked Plame's name before the grand jury began its investigation and that it was not the VP or Libby, why on earth were they being investigated in the first place? It looks a lot like Libby was hauled in front of the grand jury in the hopes that he would screw up and for no other purpose.

If that is the case, then this was a travesty of justice and the special prosecutor should be ashamed of himself.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn