Libby Sentenced To 30 Months
Did he deserve it? Personally, I think he’s getting off easy for obstruction of justice, especially when it comes to outing a covert agent.
WASHINGTON (CNN) — I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months in prison for lying to investigators looking into the leak of a CIA operative’s identity.
He also was fined $250,000. Libby was convicted March 6 of four counts in a five-count indictment alleging perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements to FBI investigators.
He plans to appeal the verdict.
Federal Judge Reggie Walton said he would make a decision next Tuesday on whether to allow Libby to remain free while his lawyers file an appeal.
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said that under federal sentencing guidelines, Libby — if imprisoned — must serve at least 80 percent of his sentence, or two years.
If the judge decides Libby must start serving his sentence, it could be 45 to 60 days before he must report to prison.
What do you think?