Scooter Libby Disbarred

I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was disbarred today. The court said he perjury conviction was a crime of moral turpitude.

The former White House aide was found guilty a year ago of obstruction of justice and lying. Those are considered crimes involving "moral turpitude" that under the law require disbarment, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruled.

The court had previously suspended Libby from the practice of law in Washington. President George W. Bush in July commuted Libby's 2-1/2-year prison sentence, enraging Democrats who accused Bush of abusing his power.

Libby did not challenge the disbarment.

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    One down, how many to go? (none / 0) (#1)
    by Fabian on Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 11:12:48 AM EST
    Too, too many.

    Thanks, Patrick Fitzgerald.

    No thanks, Speaker Pelosi.

    What will he do to Rezko..... (none / 0) (#2)
    by TalkRight on Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 11:16:05 AM EST
    ... Patrick Fitzgerald won't leak anything.. so I guess we will have to wait!

    I think the Ill. Governor (none / 0) (#3)
    by Jeralyn on Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 11:18:57 AM EST
    is next in the crosshairs.

    Was it Kristol (none / 0) (#4)
    by Fabian on Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 11:24:43 AM EST
    who whined that Fitzgerald somehow "owed" the press and pundits a juicy leak on the indictments(Libby)?

    I wish I could remember.  I think Glenn Greenwald gave it his usual detailed analysis.

    I'm glad Fitzgerald is a public servant.  


    Overturned (none / 0) (#5)
    by waldenpond on Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 11:46:31 AM EST
    Can this be overturned by a presidential pardon?

    No (none / 0) (#6)
    by squeaky on Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 11:47:35 AM EST
    It is up to the Bar.

    Disbarment and pardon (none / 0) (#12)
    by Peter G on Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 09:06:37 PM EST
    Squeaky: I disagree.  The disbarment was automatic, based on the conviction.  The presidential commutation of the sentence left the conviction intact; hence, disbarment.  A "full and absolute" pardon -- the normal kind -- would remove the predicate for the disbarment in this case.  

    That Would Make Sense (none / 0) (#14)
    by squeaky on Fri Mar 21, 2008 at 05:20:38 PM EST
    Although, this comment at think progress  gives another opinion:

    greggp Says:
    March 20th, 2008 at 3:26 pm
    The President has the power to give criminal pardons, but he does not have the power to to reverse an administrative decision of the D.C. Bar. The DC Court of Appeals has specifically held that the granting of a Presidential pardon does not nullify the Bar's authority to impose professional discipline based on the underlying conduct. In re Abrams 689 A.2d 6 (1997). That case was about Elliott Abrams, one of the Republican criminals from Iran-Contra).

    Also, even if Libby is pardoned (a good reason to impeach GWB on January 19) Libby will not be automatically subject to reinstatement. Reinstatement is based on a showing of contrition, rehabilitation, and a showing of present good moral character.

    Will be overturned (none / 0) (#7)
    by Saul on Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 12:49:51 PM EST
    when Bush's gives him the full pardon right before he leaves office.  He doesn't want this guy talking after he leaves.

    This guy (none / 0) (#8)
    by joyce1 on Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 12:57:40 PM EST
    should be in jail with the rest of the Bush regime. They are all criminals! Illegal war, treason, torture, spying on the american people and dems of course. The mainstream media gives these a big yawn and prefers talking about sex, when it's about dems of course.

    Do you think he needs (none / 0) (#9)
    by facta non verba on Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 01:50:24 PM EST
    to work? He's got billionaire care in the works. Write a book, head over to the AEI and become a fellow, join the hate circuit. He's well taken care of, don't worry about Scooter.

    He should be in jail.

    Yep... (none / 0) (#11)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 08:39:15 PM EST
    ...he's got the wing-nut welfare to fall back on.  Too bad it doesn't include making license plates in Canon City.

    Boy he didn't age gracefully (none / 0) (#10)
    by Neal on Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 02:07:55 PM EST

    So was Clinton (none / 0) (#13)
    by diogenes on Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 09:09:19 PM EST
    Bill Clinton was also disbarred because of perjury, and he's going to be our copresident.