Updated: Libby sentenced to 30 months in prison.
Cheney's former chief of staff was found guilty of lying, obstructing probe.
Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was sentenced to 2 ½ 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.
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Three years in prison isn't enough:
Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's hopes of avoiding prison in the CIA leak case began to dim Tuesday as a federal judge ruled he could face a longer sentence because the investigation he obstructed was so serious.
Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, is the highest-ranking official convicted of a crime since the Iran Contra affair.
Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald wants to put Libby in prison for up to three years because the investigation he was convicted of obstructing -- the leak of a CIA operative's identity -- was so important.
"We need to make the statement that the truth matters ever so much," Fitzgerald said.
It should come as no surprise that Libby's lawyers are trying to get him off with no jail time. Letting the Bush administration avoid responsibility for their crimes and atrocities is absolutely the wrong message. I'm sure law-and-order "get tough on crime" Republicans appreciate that -- we're talking about a felony committed by a high-ranking White House staff member.
You can expect the conservative corruption clan to squeal like little piggies over this.
Plame was covert after all, you know - lying right wing bloggers aside - it's a fact.
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