Scooter Libby Sentencing Letters

Here Here are the 373 pages of the sentencing letters submitted on behalf of Scooter Libby. I've broken them down into four parts.

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    I synopsize, so you can read at your leisure (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by scribe on Tue Jun 05, 2007 at 02:40:01 PM EST
    I took some time to read parts 2, 3, and 4 of the letters.  While Part one might open for TL, it won't get past the first letter, written by someone calling themselves "An Angry Citizen".  AAC demands the max, by the way.

    In short, the letters are organized alpha by author.  Lots of them are by folks from Dechert - senior lawyers and staff.  A lot of stuff from the secretaries, administrative assistants, and the like.  Gush, gush, gush.  Of course, if you were one of the little people you would not write a letter to the sentencing judge and not let it be all flowers and light.  Not if you wanted to keep your job, anyway.  Also, a lot of stuff from college friends, law school friends and the like.  Those are uniformly favorable.

    The good stuff?  Well, we can lead off with a letter from Feith, and then one from Hannah, followed by one from Leonard Garment.  The last mystified me (he's a Dem), but this cleared up for two reasons, one of which will be evident later.  The less evident reason is that an overview of the letters will reveal that Scooter is well-represented in and deemed a leading citizen of that bipartisan "we run things" crowd who, if they work for the government, do not do so as elected representatives.  Rather, they seem to be the class of Chiefs of Staff, Deputy this-or-that and so on, who frame the situation for the elected/appointed figurehead in the office with the fancy door and good furniture (Occasionally still made by inmates in prison workshops, Scooter!)  The sort of people who get into one policy position after another and never really get out of that business, except when a change in administration means they have to step down to make gobs of money talking to their former colleagues.

    Interestingly, the letters demanding stern punishment are almost uniformly from "regular" people.  You know, the ones whose lives resemble Scooter's about like they resemble Martians.  Whose kids get sent off to die in wars Scooter helps start.

    That said, I think Tommy Franks' characterization of Feith as the "stupidest mo-fo I've ever met" holds up:  Feith writes stupid.  Read it yourself.

    As to Hannah writing the judge and, in so many words, telling him the case is crap, I think there are many, many better ideas than going to a federal criminal trial as a witness and then turning around and writing a letter to the judge about how badly the defendant was maligned and what a great guy he is.  We all know you have to plump your Rethug bona fides after helping to put Scooter away, but do you have to go this far?

    The mystery of the Len Garment letter resolves itself later - back in the day a guy named James Jones (page 35 or so/112 in part 3) was Garment's law partner and they were representing a Japanese company in a big case - Scooter was the associate who worked the case for them and they all did real well on it.

    Then there's a nice one from Henry Kissinger (birds of a feather....)

    Then a three-pager from Mary Matalin and James Carville.  Permanent Beltway class at work here, too.

    Then a two-pager from Jennie Mayfield's parents (why is it these folks all have their own companies or such - and the "I'm a steelworker" guys all want to hang this mofo during the seventh-inning stretch at Yankee Stadium?), one from her mom, and one from Jennie herself - the gushing purple prose of the PR class

    I note a lot of people either from Jackson, Wyoming or who know Scooter from there.  That's a nice, high-rent district;  probably one of the 10 richest ZIP codes in the country.  Everyone's nice there, at least to those who belong there.

    Then one from General Myers (Immigration and Customs' Julie's uncle-in-law or whatever)

    Then one from an attorney in Cali who read and followed the trial through FDL - urging an upward departure  (argues Scooter calculated the risk of prison as his cost of doing business)

    Another private citizen urging max

    A fifth-grade teacher reminding the judge he teaches American history and what he decides will be in the history books of the future.

    Another private citizen - urging serious time

    General Peter Pace - favorable

    Another private citizen - urging serious time

    Richard Perle - can't believe what they say he did - it's not the Scooter I know....

    Another private citizen - urging the max

    Part 4
    Norman Podhoretz - it's inconceivable he would have lied

    Another private citizen - urging the max and saying the expectation of a pardon is a contempt of Walton's court

    Another private citizen, an attorney (probably for the defense, too) - urging the max;  truth the cardinal virtue of our system.

    Wm. Bradford Reynolds - perjury is a crime of moral turpitude and Scooter isn't one of those men of moral turpitude.  (Didn't They also say that about the State Dep't. Deputy who quit then got un-personed after the DC Madame put his name in court papers?  The one in charge of anti-AIDS/pro-abstinence and of enforcing the "anti-prostitution oath before US aid" policy of this administration?  They did...)

    A former AUSA for DC - his perjury is not that different in its harm to the republic than what Aldrich Ames, James Hansen and Jonathan Pollard did, and you should max him out.

    Another FDL reader - asking politely for max and thanking judge for his diligence.

    A favorable one from ... Rumsfeld.

    Another private citizen - a schoolteacher and mother taking apart the "he's got a family" line and asking what she should teach her classes.  Notes that he didn't steal bread to feed his family (for which she'd sentence more lightly) but deliberately chose to break the law.  Asks for max.

    A resident scholar at AEI - he's a great guy

    A former subordinate (now a Wash. state legislator) - 43/111-44/111 - there's a lot to mine in there, like Scooter insisting in the first gulf war "can we tell every mother we have done everything to protect her soldier child"

    Natan Scharansky - he's a good guy.

    Fmr. Sen. Alan Simpson - he's a great guy

    A private citizen and mother - max him out; "make an example of him"

    A Georgetown professor who says lots of warm, nice, nice things about her neighbor Scooter, but also says "I write to you today, however,  as the [redacted] of Scooter Libby."  Then there's other redactions....
    hmmm.....  I think she's his shrink.

    Larry Thompson, former DAG (when the investigation was going on?) met Scooter sitting next to him in deputies' meetings.  What he's convicted of is wholly inconsistent with the Scooter I know....

    A private citizen - "we know the basis for the war was not factual" - asks for max.

    S. Enders Wimbush (former head of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; what a Republican name) - Scooter is "a superior human being".  Presented without comment.

    A gusher from Christian Woelk, his recent personal assistant, and then one from her father with this trenchant quote:

    From the time she was in junior high school, Christian's dream has been to see our nation return to the distinct Constitutional and religious moorings of its early history.  Along that path, she has worked in the offices of U.S. Representative Joann Emerson, in the campaign of U.S. Senator John Ashcroft, and for Jack Oliver at the Bush-Cheney 04 campaign organization where she was Midwest Coordinator for Fundraising.  She graduated from the College of the Ozarks where she was steadily and intently trained for public affiars leadership.  Her best mentor was Scooter Libby.  ... [gush] ... No single person in her professional life has done so much to train Christian for what I as a Christian pastor would call godly leadership.

    Oh, she's Monica of the OVP.  Another Ashcroft domininonist.  It would be interesting to fill in the map of these dominionists and where they are in government.

    Wolfowitz' predecessor at the World Bank.  Nice guy, good reference.

    Then a multi-pager from Wolfowitz himself, including a reference to Scooter having defended Richard Armitage from "libelous allegations" on a pro bono basis.  One wonders what other secrets Scooter knew about Armitage....

    One from James Woolsey (former head of CIA) saying Scooter is trustworthy, even with the most important secrets.


    And a lot more.

    Part One (none / 0) (#5)
    by squeaky on Tue Jun 05, 2007 at 03:01:39 PM EST
    Opened fine for me. Try downloading it again.

    it doesn't like me (none / 0) (#6)
    by scribe on Tue Jun 05, 2007 at 03:04:26 PM EST
    I've tried any number of times and - nada.

    OK (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by squeaky on Tue Jun 05, 2007 at 03:46:22 PM EST
    Angry Citizen

    Ken Adelman: No prison for such a fine person who sacrificed...

    Fouad Ajami: John Hopkins mid east scholar...Most honorable person I have ever know.....hurt and pain of family.

    Edie R. Albert: Trust, honor, integrity, selfless....

    Lauren Allgood: Intelligent, deep respect character values, tirelessly working for the ideals of freedom...

    Emily Ashman: good father and good man.

    Jane C. Atkinson: family man, sunday football with son...wonderful caring great character.

    Jeremy R. Azrael: RAND corp. Uof Chicago... generous, integrity.....tireless mentor, selfless....

    Tripp Badger: Jail the guy. Criminal.

    Jerry Barnett: Max sentence possible. No one is above the law.

    Ronnie J. Beil: AF Jacjson Hole. Libby once forgave him for forgetting to pack duffle bag on plane. What a great guy.

    Daryn P Beringer: Christmas 2000, genuine, intelligent family man....

    Lea Berman: Fine brilliant family man....He does not deserve what happened to him

    Sandra Bernstein: Dedicated public servant, heroic worker, family man, generous....

    David Bohrer: Offical Cheney photographer. Stands up when a woman enters the room, always has time for you...wrote recommendation letter for grad school. Taught me a higher standard....

    Ambassador Robert Blackwill: driven by analytic temperment, fairness of mind.... No ideological bias... The american people miss his wise voice, discipline and generosity of spirit....island of virtue stability and good sense..

    Sander M Bieber: law partner. Dem but loved scooter. He would never lie under oath or obstruct justice.

    John R. Bolton: There is a war on, what would our enemies think. Bedwetter approach.

    Joseph Bottum: Intelligent, charm, witty...good civil servant. Feel sorry for a ruined man who still has so much to offer. Begging.

    Catherine Bridge: Best college bud. True gentleman, hardest worker, honesty integrity...witty.....Innocent.

    bla bla bla.....


    I'm all for letters (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Deconstructionist on Tue Jun 05, 2007 at 03:00:18 PM EST
     and post-Booker they carry more import, but RULE #1  don't start from the premise the guy can't be guilty when you are writing to the judge who presided over the trial in which he was found guilty. Few judges like to be implictly labeled parties to a miscarriage of justice. Moreover, the judge was there the whole time and his opinion will not be changed by a letter from an interested party about the propriety of the case. If the judge has misgivings then there is no need to raise the issue and, in the more common scenario that he doesn't think the defendant was jobbed saying it both impugns the judge's handling of the case and detracts from the letter writer's credibility. Stick to saying good things about the defendant's past life and future promise and offer thast you feel you have personal insight into the defendant as a human being that the judge does not have. Don't claim insight into the legal proceedings that necessitate yhe letter. the judge is unlikely to find that persuasive.

    Rumsfeld writes (none / 0) (#1)
    by desertwind on Tue Jun 05, 2007 at 12:10:47 PM EST
    quick glance, I noticed Rumsfeld letter Part 4 page 33.

    (These are going to be a fascinating read)

    Boring Read In General (none / 0) (#2)
    by squeaky on Tue Jun 05, 2007 at 12:22:16 PM EST
    Mostly puffery, but one thing stood out. The letters that urged maximum sentence were all marked by hand add to file while the ones urging leniency were not marked at all.