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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Libby: "No admission of guilt, no statement of remorse."

marcy wheeler in the guardian...
At his sentencing hearing, Scooter Libby stood up to say a few words to the judge. In the American justice system, this is when those about to be sentenced voice their regret, a key part of any leniency from the judge. They admit their crime and their remorse for having committed it, and in return, the judge considers a lighter sentence.

But Scooter Libby did no such thing. Instead, he thanked the court for how nicely they treated Libby and his family during the trial. He named those who had been kind: Judge Walton's staff, court administrators, the US marshals, court security officers, and the probation office. He recognized, he said, that it was time for the court to decide on a punishment. And he simply asked that the court consider his entire life. "Thank you, your Honor," he said.

No admission of guilt, no statement of remorse.


Libby succeeded in serving as a firewall, and he apparently has no regrets or contrition for doing so. That act, it seems, merits celebration just like Libby's other notable characteristics: his kindness, his intellect, and his willingness to take the fall.

libby is still serving as a firewall in much the same way as gonzo... the difference is that gonzo hasn't been indicted - yet...

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