Scooter Libby: 30 Months in Prison, $250k Fine
Update: They are now arguing the issue of bond pending appeal. I didn't think they would do that before the Notice of Appeal and a formal motion for bond pending appeal was filed. Marcy is covering the arguments. I still think Libby will get a voluntary surrender, meaning he doesn't go in today, regardless of whether an appeal bond is granted.
Update: Libby stays out of jail for now. The Probation Department has to recalculate the guidelines grouping the obstruction, perjury and false statement charge. The judge has stayed imposition of the sentence. No decision on bond pending appeal today or voluntary surrender today, but Libby goes home. Briefs will be filed on the appeal bond issue, it will be heard a week from Thursday at 1:30.
Update: 30 months for Scooter Libby. $250,000. in fines.(CNN) Questions: Where did he ask to do his time? What's the voluntary surrender date?
Note: CNN is erroneously reporting Libby also got 2 years probation. It's supervised release, not probation. Supervised release replaced parole in the federal system in 1987. Probation and supervised release may be similar, but they are not the same.
Via Marcy at Firedoglake, Ted Wells has finished his argument for departures and a non-guideline sentence. Libby just spoke to the court:
Libby: Family and I appreciate considerations shown to us during this conviction. In all that time I have recieved nothing but kindness from Court's personnel, your honor's staff, court administrators, US Marshalls, Court security officers, and probation officer. I am grateful. Now I realize fully Court must decide on punishment, I hope court will consider my whole life. Thank you your honor.
It's crunch time. Walton has already said he'll go with the Government's assessment of the Guidelines. Will he grant any departures? Or will Libby get the full boat of 30 to 37 months?
Stay tuned. Should be any minute now.
11:45. Doesn't look good for Libby. Per Marcy,
....the evidence overwhlemingly indicated Libby's culpability despite best efforts of counsel. I've watched these proceedings with a sense of sadness bc I have highest respect for govt servants. Important taht we expect and demand a lot of people who are in those situations. They have a certain high level obligation when they occupy that situation. In this situation Libby failed to meet the bar.
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