With his sentencing looming, it appears that I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby—one of the highest White House officials ever convicted of a felony—has learned precisely nothing from his trial and conviction on charges of false statements, obstruction of justice, and perjury. Note: originally published on TomDispatch.
Even as jurors pondered whether Vice President Cheney’s former chief of staff should be convicted of lying about what the Bush administration did to smear one of its critics, there was Cheney accusing another adversary of doing the work of the terrorists.
The defense has rested in “Scooter” Libby’s Plamegate trial after spending only three days (compared with the prosecution’s three weeks) making its case. Libby’s defense focused on discrediting prosecution witnesses and hyping the defendant’s allegedly bad memory.