Thursday, June 14, 2007

Judge in Libby Trial Threatened

The judge who sentenced Scooter Libby in the CIA leak case says he and his family have been threatened since he handed down the two and a half year term.

"I received a number of angry, harassing mean-spirited phone calls and letters. Some of those were wishing bad things on me and my family." -- District Judge Reggie B. Walton, quoted in the International Herald Tribune
Mr Libby's lawyers are asking Judge Walton today to allow Mr Libby to remain free while he appeals his case. The Judge has said he's inclined not inclined to grant that request and leans toward ordering Mr Libby to start serving his sentence right away. (IHT)

Update: Judge Walton has ordered Scooter Libby to begin serving his time while his case is on appeal. A 1984 law allows a judge to make such an order if he believes the case has little chance to be overturned on appeal.

Update: Expect no pardon while Mr Libby's case is on appeal. The White House issued a statement saying President Bush will not intervene so long as Mr Libby pursues an appeal.

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