Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Was Justice Done?

Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former counsel to Vice-President Cheney was found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice. I imagine it will be hard to miss, unless one lives in a cave. But a spokesman for the jurors has made it clear that at least a portion of the jury convicted Libby for political reasons.

Editor and Publisher quotes the spokesman,

"a number of times" they asked themselves, "what is HE doing here? Where is Rove and all these other guys....I'm not saying we didn't think Mr. Libby was guilty of the things we found him guilty of. It seemed like he was, as Mr. Wells [his lawyer] put it, he was the fall guy."

The perjury case against Libby came down to credibility--who was more trustworthy--Russert and others in the media, or Lewis Libby? Is that how perjury cases should be argued? Shouldn't there be proof beyond any reasonable doubt of his guilt?

I have no legal training, but these admissions from the jury ought to help Libby in his appeal. It does not appear that justice was served today.

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