WASHINGTON – Former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby was sentenced to 2 Â½ years in prison Tuesday for lying and obstructing the CIA leak investigation.
Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, stood calmly before a packed courtroom as a federal judge said the evidence overwhelmingly proved his guilt.
“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” U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton said.
Walton fined Libby $250,000 and placed him on probation for two years following his release from prison. Walton did not immediately address whether Libby could remain free pending appeal.
Here are the letters prominent former Bush admin officials wrote on Libby’s behalf.
Tom Maguire has loads of commentary on Scooter’s sentence.