Libby Gets 30-Month Term, $250,000 Fine In CIA Leak Case


I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, today was sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $250,000 for lying to investigators about his role in leaking the identity of an undercover CIA officer, reports the Washington Post. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said he was sentencing Libby “with a sense of sadness. I have the highest respect for people who take positions in our government and appreciate tremendously efforts they bring to bear to protect this country.”

The judge sentenced Libby, 56, three months after a jury found him guilty of four felonies for failing to tell the truth to a federal grand jury and the FBI about the disclosure of former CIA agent Valerie Plame’s identity. Prosecutors urged a sentence of 30-37 months. Defense attorney Theodore V. Wells Jr. asked Walton to “take into account his entire life and his service to the country.” Wells argued that “it is entirely appropriate for a sentencing judge to take into consideration the good works and the good deeds that a person has done.”


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