The sentencing of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby to a 30-month prison term is devastating and maddening. There's no doubt he perjured himself, but he should have been given a sentence of six months, not 30. This was a political not a legal trial in which the Democrats won and our country lost. Does this prosecution, urged on by the Democratic mob, feed the appetite of those vengeful Americans who would like to punish this administration for starting the Iraq conflict?
No matter your thoughts on Libby and this administration, I think we can all agree that no one found joy in yesterday's sentencing by U. S. District Judge Reggie Walton, who is not inclined to let Libby stay free pending appeals. Lessons learned from former Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton tell us that eventually we must all be held accountable for our illegal and unethical actions, no matter how powerful we may think we are. Congressman Bill Jefferson, I hope you and your family are somewhere taking serious note of this verdict.