Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's hopes of avoiding prison in the CIA leak case began to dim Tuesday as a federal judge ruled he could face a longer sentence because the investigation he obstructed was so serious.
Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, is
the highest-ranking official convicted of a crime since the Iran Contra
Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald wants to put Libby in prison
for up to three years because the investigation he was convicted of obstructing
- the leak of a CIA operative's identity - was so important. Libby's attorneys
are seeking no jail time and argue that it's unfair to increase the sentence
simply because the investigation was serious.
"No one was ever charged. Nobody ever pleaded guilty," attorney
William Jeffress said. "The government did not establish the existence of an
This whole thing shameful. This man will spend up to three years in prison because of politics.
Pardon him President Bush, NOW!
Update: 30 months and $250,000 fine!