Justice undone

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A jury has convicted I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, of obstructing justice. He was convicted of misleading the court as to what he knew about an apparent violation of law. The court found he wasn’t telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

As a result we don’t know what the truth of the matter is.

A judge has set Mr. Libby’s penalty within the appropriate guideline. But our president has considered the 30-month imprisonment portion as too harsh. Let’s examine the severity of the remaining sentence.

The $250,000 fine is most likely a drop in the bucket of donations to Mr. Libby’s defense fund. Though, admittedly, this is speculation as the size of the defense fund and who the donors are is a closely held secret.

Mr. Libby has been disbarred and thus unable to practice law, which he hasn’t practiced since 1989.

His reputation, instead of being besmirched, is solidly intact as a loyalist willing to sacrifice himself so others, higher up and possibly culpable, remain untouched.

Mr. Libby will still have to report to a probation officer for the next two years, though, somehow, I suspect his contact with said officer of the court will be infrequent at best.

So much for truth, justice and the American way.

John West, Lewiston

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