The fix is in. Convicted White House liar Scooter Libby has dropped the appeal of his conviction - which I predict means that he knows he's going to be granted a full pardon by Bush and now no longer needs to spend money on an appeal.
Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby is no longer appealing his conviction in the CIA leak case, a tacit recognition that continuing his legal fight might only make things worse.
Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was convicted of perjury and obstruction but President Bush commuted his 30-month prison sentence in July. Had Libby won a new trial, that commutation would be meaningless and Libby would again face potential prison time.
"We remain firmly convinced of Mr. Libby's innocence," attorney Theodore Wells said Monday. "However, the realities were, that after five years of government service by Mr. Libby and several years of defending against this case, the burden on Mr. Libby and his young family of continuing to pursue his complete vindication are too great to ask them to bear."
Libby was convicted of lying and obstructing an investigation into the 2003 leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity. He was the only person to face criminal charges in the case.
Having lied to protect his boss VP Cheney there is absolutely no doubt that Libby will be pardoned. Bush will wait until after the November 2008 election to grant the full pardon but he'll do it.
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