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Libby to Drop Appeal in CIA Leak Case
AP via SFGate ^ | 12/10/7 | MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writer

Posted on 12/10/2007 7:50:38 AM PST by SmithL

WASHINGTON, (AP) -- Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby is dropping his appeal in the CIA leak case, his attorney said Monday.

Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was convicted of perjury and obstruction for lying about his conversations with reporters about outed CIA operative Valerie Plame.

"We remain firmly convinced of Mr. Libby's innocence," attorney Theodore Wells said. "However, the realities were, that after five years of government service by Mr. Libby and several years of defending against this case, the burden on Mr. Libby and his young family of continuing to pursue his complete vindication are too great to ask them to bear."

President Bush commuted Libby's 30-month jail sentence in July. Libby paid a $250,000 fine and must serve two years' probation. Libby remains a convicted felon, but Bush could issue a full pardon as his administration winds down.

Wells said he has not discussed a possible pardon with the president and does not know what Bush will do.

Libby was the only person charged in the investigation into the leak of Plame's identity. Nobody was charged with the leak itself, which Plame alleges was politically motivated. Her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, was a vocal critic of the Bush administration's war policy.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: cialeak; libby; plamegate

1 posted on 12/10/2007 7:50:39 AM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

That’s too bad. I was hoping he would be vindicated in court.


2 posted on 12/10/2007 7:56:30 AM PST by saganite
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To: SmithL

I just love the double standard, the impeached rapist is a millionaire, money he stole/scrounged and is roaming the streets.


3 posted on 12/10/2007 7:57:39 AM PST by boomop1 (there you go again)
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To: saganite

He ran out of money before he ran out of injustice.


4 posted on 12/10/2007 7:59:39 AM PST by SmithL (I don't do Barf Alerts, you're old enough to read and decide for yourself)
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To: SmithL

I wish Libby realized in advance there was going to be somebody nailed and took his interviews more seriously. The fact that the Wilson’s pulled this off with the assistance of people in high places should be noteworthy to any person serving in government.


5 posted on 12/10/2007 8:01:18 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: SmithL
Wells's analysis makes sense. Why risk a bad result at a time when it is possible the White House will be occupied by an unfriendly.

President Bush needs to do the right thing for Scooter and pardon him before he leaves office.

6 posted on 12/10/2007 8:03:23 AM PST by blau993 (Fight Gerbil Swarming)
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To: SmithL

I have learned one lesson from all of this....courts and grand juries are nothing but perjery traps...i will always take the fifth amendment on any question ever asked me by the government...because not remembering 100% your answer from one day to the next is now a crime in this country


7 posted on 12/10/2007 8:03:27 AM PST by joe fonebone (When in danger, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout)
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To: SmithL

Libby knows he’ll get the full pardon from the Prez. So nothing to appeal, because the “crime” and the case will not exist. As if it never happened. So why waste time.

Bush should rub it in and give Libby the Medal of Freedom. If that happens—and please, Mr. President, please do it—I’d pay to be in the room when Joe Wilson hears about it.


8 posted on 12/10/2007 8:06:15 AM PST by BlueStateBlues (Blue State for business, Red State at heart..)
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To: SmithL

This is sad. I had hoped to see him win in court, but sometimes the process just wears one down and drains one’s resources to the point where one is just too weary to carry on the fight any more.


9 posted on 12/10/2007 8:07:13 AM PST by Purrcival (Democrats: The party of FAILURE. Can't hush Rush, can't impeach Bush, can't end the war, can't...)
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To: joe fonebone

Except for the former “felon in chief”...


10 posted on 12/10/2007 8:08:04 AM PST by logic (Support Duncan Hunter for the 2008 GOP presidential nominee. He is THE conservative candidate!!)
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To: saganite

I’ll bet anything that he’ll get one of those January 09 Pardons.


11 posted on 12/10/2007 8:09:07 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: joe fonebone
I have learned one lesson from all of this....courts and grand juries are nothing but perjery traps

Wasn't lying to a grand jury what got Clinton impeached?

Also, you can't simply plead the fifth to any question you are asked. You can only refuse to answer if your answer is incriminating to yourself. A court or grand jury can compel you to testify about anything except an actual crime that you committed.

12 posted on 12/10/2007 8:20:51 AM PST by Millers Cave (Lurker since 1998)
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To: SmithL
1/19/09.....Presidential pardon.If BillyBob can pardon his punk brother and Susie MacDougal,whose willingness to roll over saved the Clintons from jail,then Bush can certainly pardon Libby.
13 posted on 12/10/2007 8:28:02 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Wanna see how bad it can get? Elect Hillary and find out.)
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To: boomop1
I just love the double standard, the impeached rapist is a millionaire, money he stole/scrounged and is roaming the streets.

...and Sandy Berger is still running free instead of serving 20 years to life.

14 posted on 12/10/2007 8:31:09 AM PST by Ben Hecks
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To: SmithL

certain naive fellow-Republicans-of-mine need to learn
what to avoid.

avoid situations involving
somebody-else’s family.


15 posted on 12/10/2007 8:43:31 AM PST by riored
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To: Millers Cave

-Billy was in court fighting a sexual harrasment charge-
(because attempted rape charges-were beyond the date
that he could have been charged)

Billy SIGNED court documents that he WOULD NOT contact
witnesses- he immediately went out and called his secretary

Like the dim-bulb she is -she admitted to the court -BUBBA
went over what her testimony would be!

SLAM-DUNK- perjury- witness tampering- flat out lying-

BILLy had his lawyer quit,and asked NOT to be disbarred-

Billy paid @ $800K to Paula Jones

The Clintonistas are worse than the mafia/criminals
that are in prison today

-


16 posted on 12/10/2007 8:58:14 AM PST by mj1234
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To: Millers Cave

any answer i give can incriminate me...if i do not word my answers exactly the same way if asked twice, i am guilty of perjury.....any answers i give to any questions can now be used against me


17 posted on 12/10/2007 9:07:55 AM PST by joe fonebone (When in danger, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout)
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To: SmithL
Libby was the only person charged in the investigation into the leak of Plame's identity. Nobody was charged with the leak itself, which Plame alleges was politically motivated.

There that paragraph sits like a turd in the middle of this AP story and nowhere is it mentioned that it is now known that it was Richard Armitage who originally "leaked" Plame's name to Bob Novak. Typical of the sloppy AP.

18 posted on 12/10/2007 9:15:09 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: SmithL

But for the grace of God, there go I, as well as many other good and well intended men.

We have a system, that when controlled at the helm by the intentions of the corrupt, such as a democrat, it is designed to completely and utterly destroy you.

Libby screwed up because he was human, not because he was a crook, yet he was destroyed because he wasn’t a democrat.

So in the end, THIS is his final reward for serving the Public, disgusting.


19 posted on 12/10/2007 9:16:17 AM PST by Gator113
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To: Millers Cave
A court or grand jury can compel you to testify about anything except an actual crime that you committed.Well they can try. They tried to compel Judith Wilson, of the NY Times to testify, but she held out (in jail) for quite a while.

Of course you can just answer "I don't recall" to every question. That seems to have worked for Hillary on several occasions.

20 posted on 12/10/2007 9:22:24 AM PST by Jack Black
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To: SmithL

Libby made one fatal mistake. He believed you could ‘talk’ to the Washington Press corps.

You can’t, if your a Republican.


21 posted on 12/10/2007 9:24:15 AM PST by Badeye (Free Willie!)
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To: SmithL

I googled and didn’t find any confirmation of this claim from SFGate. (Of course, I haven’t read the thread yet, so maybe someone else has.)


22 posted on 12/10/2007 9:25:58 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Millers Cave

You are literally correct, but can’t I plead the 5th on the basis that my words could be lies and therefore subject me to perjury?


23 posted on 12/10/2007 9:37:40 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: SmithL

No money for justice. Sad. This entire matter was/is a farce. The Wilson’s and Fitz should be in prison.


24 posted on 12/10/2007 9:37:49 AM PST by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: SmithL

The Democrats want the “Waterboard VIDEO” of CIA AGENTS FACES put out in the PUBLIC....yet Libby is going to PRISON for Valerie Plame’s NAME??? LOONEY!


25 posted on 12/10/2007 9:41:29 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Millers Cave

Libby didn’t LIE...he had a different memory....just like HILLARY only Hillary NEVER REMEMBERS ANYTHING!!! The Smartest Woman in the World remembers NOTHING!!!


26 posted on 12/10/2007 9:43:08 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: MEGoody

It’s not a San Francisco Chronicle story, check the byline.


27 posted on 12/10/2007 9:59:29 AM PST by SmithL (I don't do Barf Alerts, you're old enough to read and decide for yourself)
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To: SmithL
It’s not a San Francisco Chronicle story, check the byline.

Okay, it says "via SFGate" at the top of the article. But if it is truly an AP story, it's strange I didn't find any verification when I googled. (And it doesn't seem anyone else on the thread has found a verifying story as yet either.)

28 posted on 12/10/2007 10:11:21 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: SmithL

And Sandy Burglar is still walking around scott free.


29 posted on 12/10/2007 10:13:21 AM PST by Bean Counter (On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero...)
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To: MEGoody
Lookie, lookie: http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?fr=ytff1-&p=Scooter%20Libby&ei=UTF-8
30 posted on 12/10/2007 10:49:32 AM PST by SmithL (I don't do Barf Alerts, you're old enough to read and decide for yourself)
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To: SmithL
I assume he has been assured he will get a full pardon when Bush leaves office.
31 posted on 12/10/2007 11:05:59 AM PST by Uncle Hal
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To: SmithL

Thank you for posting the confirmation. It sure didn’t show up when I googled “Libby drop appeal”


32 posted on 12/10/2007 11:21:43 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: SmithL

I got a solicitation for a donation to Libby’s legal defense fun last week in the mail.


33 posted on 12/10/2007 11:23:47 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: MEGoody

You probably would have gotten better results if you had performed a news search on “Libby”, and then sorted by date. That technique pretty works well for me when I hear a story on the radio and need a print confirmation.


34 posted on 12/10/2007 11:45:00 AM PST by SmithL (I don't do Barf Alerts, you're old enough to read and decide for yourself)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
You are literally correct, but can’t I plead the 5th on the basis that my words could be lies and therefore subject me to perjury?

I suppose you could work it that way :)

35 posted on 12/10/2007 12:29:09 PM PST by Millers Cave (Lurker since 1998)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
You are literally correct, but can’t I plead the 5th on the basis that my words could be lies and therefore subject me to perjury?

I suppose you could work it that way :)

36 posted on 12/10/2007 12:29:12 PM PST by Millers Cave (Lurker since 1998)
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To: mj1234
The Clintonistas are worse than the mafia/criminals that are in prison today

Not trying to compare the two cases at all. But Libby was found guilty of perjury and obstruction. It really doesn't matter what your political party or previous character is -- you can't lie to a grand jury without consequences.

37 posted on 12/10/2007 12:32:10 PM PST by Millers Cave (Lurker since 1998)
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