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June 13, 2007

Will Libby get bail pending appeal?

This AP article provides the basic details of the legal battle over whether Lewis "Scooter" Libby will remain free on bail as he appeals his conviction and 30-month sentence.  As the article notes, Judge Walton scheduled a hearing on Libby's request for bail pending appeal for Thursday.  TalkLeft has more here.

Any predictions, dear readers?

UPDATE:  This new AP article has more about Thursday's coming court activities for Libby, and a commentor rightly spotlights that, if Libby is denied bail pending appeal, we should expect this action to spill over quickly to the DC Circuit.  Indeed, this Washington Post piece indicates that Libby's "attorneys have said that if Walton rules against them, they will file an emergency appeal with a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit."

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Scooter Libby should be shot as a traitor, not jailed as a liar.

His boss, ElDuce should be shot and then hung from a lamp post

Posted by: ed pefferman | Jun 14, 2007 12:33:42 AM

My prediction is that the district court will deny the motion, and the D.C. Circuit will reverse.

Does anybody know who is currently sitting on the D.C. Circuit motion's panel? How are motions dealt with in the D.C. Circuit? In the Ninth, there's a new panel each month and they post who is sitting on the panel online. I couldn't find anything similiar on the D.C. website.

Posted by: Elson | Jun 14, 2007 3:02:27 AM

I don't have a prediction, but I'm wondering if Judge Walton knows, and considers, that Libby has a defense fund, from prominant Republican contributors, who will pay his millions in legal fees and his quarter million dollar fine, and surely get him a job in the private sector. So if Bush, as anticipated, pardons him shsortly before leaving office, that means that bail continued means that Libby will "walk," will have no sanction whatsoever, and be a hero in some circles. The culture that Fitzgerald wanted to attack will be strengthened. But if he goes in now, he will serve 18 months, which is a real sanction. Thirty months, even minus 15 %, is a myth, but "time" is the issue.

Posted by: Michael Israel | Jun 14, 2007 9:32:25 AM

ed, I wish I could hug you over the internet. and Michael- what Fitzgerald must be hoping is that convicted felon and disbarred attorney Libby will flip on Cheney within the first week. And if Walton approves the motion, it allows convicted felon Libby to continue to perpetrate his obstruction.

Posted by: tekel | Jun 14, 2007 10:47:22 AM

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