Scooter Libby's Sentence? You Decide.

Libby_leak_trial Over at Perrspectives, BlueOregon contributor Jon Perr is holding the "Sentence Scooter" contest. And while the nation awaits word of Libby's sentence (or possible pardon), you can decide Scooter's punishment yourself:

The jury in the CIA leak trial of Scooter Libby has spoken. Now it's your turn. In the "Sentence Scooter Contest," you get to play judge and pronounce a fitting sentence for the incredibly guilty Mr. Libby. You'll not only have fun, you could also win a $100 gift certificate for your trouble.

The rules are simple. Use the Perrspectives Comments Form to send in your ideal sentence for Dick Cheney's hatchet man. Provide the funniest, most appropriate or otherwise most enjoyable retribution for Libby and the gift certicate is yours.

So help President Bush keep his promise to "uphold the honor and dignity" of the White House. Sentence Scooter today!

Comments

  • BlueNote (unverified)
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    Libby obviously "took one for the team" in this prosecution. If there was any justice here, Dick C. or at least Karl R. would have been charged and convicted.

    This guy has a wife, maybe kids too. As a progressive, I don't celebrate the fact that Libby is going to spend the next ten years in prison while in two years Cheney will retire with a full VP pension and Rove and his merry political strategy team will move on to highly paid K Street lobbying positions while they wait for another Republican administration to be elected.

    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

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    I highly doubt Libby will spend a day in jail. We all pretty much know that Bush's last act before leaving his office in disgrace will be to pardon Libby.

    In terms of BN's comment, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" I would say no one has gone through live without doing something wrong. The only difference between me and Scooter Libby is that Libby was a high ranking government offical who lied and got caught.

  • Faolan (unverified)
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    No David, I'm afraid I have to disagree here.

    The difference between you and 'Scooter' Libby is that you have not commited Treason by revealing the identity of a Covert Intelligence Operative.

    I am personally upset that he has escaped that one just because they were trying to catch a bigger fish first and failed at it. And now they all get to get away with Treason because Fitgerald's Grand Jury has expired.

    Wheeeeee! :(

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    Faolan,

    Yes, that's true. However my point is we've all lied at some point in our lives, so yes we are all guilty of something. I'm just saying I think it's unrealistic for someone to say, "If you've committed a sin, then you can't judge him" which is essentially what BN was saying.

    I certainly wasn't trying to minimize Libby's crime.

  • Hard Case D (unverified)
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    Treason is punishable by death. Deep dow we all know he was convicted of covering up treason. He should be hanged by the neck until dead.

  • djk (unverified)
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    This is the Bush administration.

    I believe a screw-up of this magnitude warrants elevation to a cabinet post and perhaps a Presidential decoration of some kind.

  • Frank Carper (unverified)
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    I believe Scooter Libby should stapped down -- Clockwork Orange style -- and be forced to listen to LT's filibusters of political "wisdom" every day for the next 20 years. Kind of a win-win.

  • sadie (unverified)
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    Like the juror said today: "Where's Karl Rove?"

    From Americablog, pretty brilliant. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDaRFf7Cd6M

    --Sadie

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    The best sentence for Scooter Libby would be using this trial as a springboard to hold Congressional hearings into the way the administration conducted the run-up to the war. Nice to see some accountability, but Americans don't need a pound of Libby's flesh--they need the truth.

  • Paul C (unverified)
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    Hmmm.... Where was all the self-righteous outrage when Sandy Burgler was stuffing his socks with classified documents?

    I'm not a Republican (I think Iraq was a monumental mistake, and Bush II is one of the stupidest men to ever hold ANY office), but the Democrats (and their supporters) are nothing but a gaggle of hypocritical whiners.

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    I kept waiting for Bush to say that Libby was one "of the finest public servants it has been my privilege to know."

  • j_luthergoober (unverified)
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    How about three years of Humvee ride-along patrols (if the war lasts that long) with US Marines in Baghdad so he can witness first hand the destruction his actions have wrought. Since he's a civilian, he won't get government issue flack jackets and blast proof helmets; he'll have to either buy them himself or rely on charity for his personal "up-armoring..."

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    Paul, how do you go from Libby to the Democrats? This was a judicial probe conducted against the administration during a period when the GOP controlled all levels of the Federal government. You may not be a Republican, but playing back Fox talking points to misdirect attention is a classic Republican ploy. What's the difference?

  • j_luthergoober (unverified)
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    As for the Sandy B. stupidity, read the facts on the case before you weigh in with the whining baloney... Sandy took one of five COPIES of an allegedly classified report; and it was not stuffed as wing-nuts like to alledge in underwear or socks; unless someone you know wears a suit jacket for pants.

    "In an April 1, 2005, press conference and private statements to the commission, the Justice Department stated instead that Berger had access only to copied documents, not originals. They also said the sole documents Berger admitted taking -- five copies of a 2001 terrorism study -- were later provided to the commission."

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/20/AR2007022001344.html

    Face it, there's nothing there... (kinda like yellow cake uranium)

  • Paul C. (unverified)
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    Hey Goober, you're being disingenuous. If this was Condi Rice who stole copies of CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS, you'd be spitting fire.

    I hate double standard partisan pukes.

  • Former Salem Staffer (unverified)
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    Off with his head, then on to the rest of them.

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    Hey Goober, you're being disingenuous.

    If this was Condi Rice who stole copies of CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS, you'd be spitting fire.

    I hate double standard partisan pukes.

    Yeah, and if it were a Democratic White House staffer who was busted for outing a CIA covert operative, egged on by the Vice President of the United States, the Republicans (and their wholly owned subsidiary, Faux News) would have been baying for impeachment 24/7.

    You're on some thin ice there, pal.

  • Bill Holmer (unverified)
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    Faolan to David: "The difference between you and 'Scooter' Libby is that you have not commited Treason by revealing the identity of a Covert Intelligence Operative."

    Get a clue, Faolan. Fitzgerald didn't charge Libby with revealing Plame's covert status, because she hadn't been covert for over 5 years, and therefore even if he did disclose her former covert status, it wasn't even a misdemeanor, let alone treason.

    Biggest Witchhunt Ever.

  • Jon (unverified)
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    FYI, Plame's status was classified, as Fitzgerald's October 2005 indictment states:

    "Joseph Wilson was married to Valerie Plame Wilson (“Valerie Wilson”). At all relevant times from January 1, 2002 through July 2003, Valerie Wilson was employed by the CIA, and her employment status was classified. Prior to July 14, 2003, Valerie Wilson’s affiliation with the CIA was not common knowledge outside the intelligence community."

    For more conservative myths surrounding the outing of Valerie Plame and the Libby trial, see:

  • anon (unverified)
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    I believe Scooter Libby should stapped down -- Clockwork Orange style -- and be forced to listen to LT's filibusters of political "wisdom" every day for the next 20 years.

    Who is LT and why do people complain about him/her?

  • Paul C. (unverified)
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    "Yeah, and if it were a Democratic White House staffer who was busted for outing a CIA covert operative, egged on by the Vice President of the United States, the Republicans (and their wholly owned subsidiary, Faux News) would have been baying for impeachment 24/7."

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    Yup. I agree, the opposite side of the aisle is equally hypocritical. As for Fox News, I wouldn't know... I'm in Canada, and they are not available here.

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    "You're on some thin ice there, pal."

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    Ohh Stephanie , you don't know how much a threatening women turn me on ;-)

  • j_luthergoober (unverified)
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    "double standard partisan pukes"

    You cons are like a bunch of carp; you always race to the bottom. Read the findings first! Why is it that you cons always use a straw man to believe that you'll up the odds of selling your idiocy. You brought up Sandy B and I provided Junior's JUSTICE DEPARTMENT finding... what's the deal? Actually looney, we now know that Condi was too busy messing around with Bach to actually READ those infamous PDBs. At least one National Security Advisor took the job seriously and it cost him $50K.

  • Zarathustra (unverified)
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    Sentence? You act like a judge is deciding something. Libby made a deal to be the fall guy and he'll get exactly what they agreed he would take.

    After conviction, he'll tell a story- for profit, no doubt- about just how outrageous he was, how he did it all by himself. Has to wait until after the sentencing because admitting complete responsibility would affect his sentence. Maybe take a leaf out of some of the totalitarian states' book and have the possibility of getting MORE time on appeal. Why shouldn't shamelessness affect the length of your sentence when you act contrite at the trial and then say, "yeah, right" on appeal?

    Remember Ollie North? Didn't hurt Pointdexter or Reagan a bit and, the deal might be a pardon from Shrub, just like Dad recommended then. (In fact he's been in the shadows of most Presidential pardons. After Ford's #1 executive order was to pardon Nixon, what was his second? And the bag man went free).

    Fact is, from OJ to the guy with a blunt to Scooter, a US court conviction just doesn't mean a thing. + or -. We're a police state. Police states use the courts to keep people from rioting, not to redress complaints.

  • Les Lambert (unverified)
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    Seems like the Nuremberg trials established that just because you were following orders, doesn't make it OK. In Libby's case, he could have resigned, without the repercussions that would have fallen on a subordinate military person. Or he did it willingly.

    Either way, Mr. Libby was an enabler for what will ultimately be judged by history as war crimes. Libby lied, and soldiers and hundreds of thousands of civilians died. The compelling statistics of Burnham and Roberts (The Lancet, October 2006) indicate that more Iraqis have died since March 2003 than during all of Sadddam Hussein's reign of terror. I like the line from an old salsa commercial: "get a rope".

  • Zak J. (unverified)
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    Sentence him to stand alongside George Tenet, Tommy Franks, and Paul Bremer in accepting a Medal of Freedom from George W. Bush.

  • Questioner (unverified)
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    Does the correlation between Mrs Wilson's secret work, and Mr Wilson public complaints bother anybody? Was he not exposing Mrs Wilson's secret analysis of Iraq's weapons?

    Does Mrs Wilson's marriage to Mr Wilson make her cover compromised in advance?

    Mr Wilson was trying to get sympathy for the end of Mrs Wilson's 20 year career. A) Isn't it the future career that is important, and B) wasn't her future career plan to include personnel administration which did not require undercover status & so wasn't really ruined?

    I already know that you hate Mr. Bush, so no need to reiterate that point.

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