Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Sometimes, the good guys win after all

Scooter's headed for the slammer.

"People who occupy these types of positions, where they have the welfare and security of nation in their hands, have a special obligation to not do anything that might create a problem," Judge Walton said to Libby as he was sentencing him to 30 months in a federal prison and fining him $250,000.

Special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald had asked for a sentence like this, and this morning he told Judge Walton that a tough term was needed for Libby because "the truth matters ever so much." The federal probation office had suggested a sentence in the 15-to-30 month range and Libby's lawyers had famously begged for leniency and asked for probation.

No dice, said the judge: You do the crime, you do the time, especially when you should have known better and done better. "Overwhelming evidence" of guilt, Judge Walton declared.