Thursday, March 8, 2007


Scooter Libby is almost 100% guaranteed to walk free on appeal. Libby, facing a possible 25 year prison term after being found guilty of four counts of perjury and obstruction of justice in the Valerie Plame case, has got to be laughing up his sleeve right now.

His attorneys plan to file an appeal of his conviction. The only way Libby will ever see the inside of a prison cell will be if the presiding judge orders him to begin serving his sentence while the appeals process is underway. This is unlikely to happen, given his status as a government insider, and gee whiz, it's not like he did anything really criminal like smoke dope.

Why will he win on appeal? Because his case will be assigned to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. This is the three judge panel that just ruled, in a 2 to 1 decision, that prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay are not entitled to Habeus Corpus rights because the land is only leased and thus falls under Cuban sovereignty!!

The two judges that concocted that gem are David Sentelle and A. Raymond Randolph, both fiercely loyal Republicans. Sentelle in particular, is infamous for overturning the Iran-Contra convictions of Oliver North and John Poindexter on technicalities, and for naming Kenneth Starr to head up the Whitewater investigation of the Clintons after the original special prosecutor found nothing wrong. For more on Sentelle, refer to my post from 2/27/07-DAVID SENTELLE-TRAITOR JUDGE.

You can bet that Sentelle and Randolph have already written their decisions and are just waiting while the formalities are observed. Overturning Libby's conviction will be merely another little favor for their Republican buddies, and George Bush, of course, won't have to worry his smirky little head about any political fallout from a pardon.

Excuse my frustration, but THIS SUCKS!!!!!

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