Bravo Judge Walton!

Will there actually be some justice rendered to a Bush administration top dog?

Federal judge Reggie Walton ruled today that convicted felon Irving “Scooter” Libby must begin serving his prison sentence within the next several weeks.

This will send the NeoConservatives and other pro-war types into Full Indignation/Rage.  They will redouble the pressure on Bush to pardon Libby before he sets one foot inside of a penitentiary.

Oh, the photo opportunities…..

This summer could be more entertaining than I expected….


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48 Responses to Bravo Judge Walton!

  1. Original Steve June 14, 2007 at 1:19 pm #

    I will believe it when I see it.

  2. Jim June 14, 2007 at 2:08 pm #

    Well, at least we get to see the headline about the judge’s ruling.

  3. Joe B. Carter June 14, 2007 at 4:16 pm #

    Will Fearless Leader let Scooter scoot away with a pardon? Probably.

  4. Scott June 14, 2007 at 5:31 pm #

    The law to apply to the state? Say it ain’t so.

  5. Lawhobbit June 14, 2007 at 6:42 pm #

    It ain’t so. 😯

  6. Jim June 14, 2007 at 8:38 pm #

    I’m disappointed that this blog has not inspired more idealism in the commentors.

  7. Lawhobbit June 14, 2007 at 9:01 pm #

    It’s tough to work on your idealism when there are such cool smileys distracting you! 😎

  8. Jim June 14, 2007 at 9:40 pm #

    LawHobbit… learning how to insert these smileys has had the same effect on you that getting 18-round clips for their Glocks have on big city cops.

    What the hey – your humor brightens this blog.

  9. Marc June 14, 2007 at 9:47 pm #

    This should be interesting – anyone know what color jump suits are issued there in the event he isn’t pardoned?

  10. Jim June 14, 2007 at 9:52 pm #

    I think orange may be de rigeur for these types of social events.

    On the other hand, Scooter may still have some pull in the White House.

    He was known for enjoying dressing up as a cowboy when he traveled to Wyoming with Cheney.

    On the other hand, checking into a prison dressed as a cowboy might be a really bad idea, since the other convicts might think Libby was part of the 1970s disco group, the Village People.

  11. Mace Price June 14, 2007 at 10:24 pm #

    …Bush; at the behest of Cheney, will pardon the sneaking little fuck within 6 to 8 weeks. The trail served only as yet another example of wasting tax payer dollars.

  12. Jim June 14, 2007 at 10:28 pm #

    But, if he did that, could Bush have a clean conscience when he travels the world telling everyone about how vital it is to have the Rule of Law?

  13. Orville H. Larson June 15, 2007 at 12:38 am #

    Now that Libby must report to the slammer in the next few weeks, the action shifts to the White House, where Bush has to decide whether he wants to help out his neocon partner in crime.

    Yes, the Washington establishment is solidly in Libby’s corner. Those blowhard bullshitters known as “pundits”–ranging from the Zionist neocon liars Charles Krauthammer, William Safire, and Thomas Friedman, to George F. Will and David (“Voice of the People”) Broder, will be expressing nothing but kind thoughts about Libby, and why this swell fellow should be pardoned.

    And we wonder why America’s reputation in the world is lower than a snake’s ass!

  14. americanintifada June 15, 2007 at 2:01 am #

    Oh those photo opportunities….AND don’t forget that after his presidential pardon next year, he will entertain all of those supportive neocon pundits when he’s awarded a new Fox News series called “Scooter’s War Stories” with a special guest appearance from “W” on the premiere episode. I bet O’Reilly can’t wait for that one!

  15. Mace Price June 15, 2007 at 3:35 am #

    …In siding with the very neo-Con element as O.H.L. cites, has George Will disgraced himself…As such, I no longer have even a residue of respect for him. If any Conservative Intellect should have protested and defied this Goddamned War; along with the electoral coup of 2000 which enabled this Cabal of Intriguers, Liars, and Political Criminals the latitude to design and actuate it—It is Mr. Will…As for The Decider traveling the world and stumbling through dumbed down speeches that extol the virtues of the Rule of Law?—If such worthless, duplicitous bombast be akin to Patriotism? Then it is in this case, truly the last refuge of a scoundrel.

  16. aeskylos June 15, 2007 at 4:42 am #

    I doubt whether Libby can be touched when he is protected by the Bush neocondom, however, since the seriousness of his offense, outing a covert CIA agent is treason, he belongs in Guantanamo sporting an orange outfit and ready for torture.

  17. Jim June 15, 2007 at 8:18 am #

    At least I don’t have to worry about the Scooter Libby Defense Fund contacting me & pressuring me to disclose the contact information for commentors here, so that they can hit on ’em for big bucks.

  18. Ryan June 15, 2007 at 8:27 am #


    It is my hope that the traitor Libby is sent to the same prison a G. Gordon Liddy (Libby-Liddy?) was sent to. Hell, maybe Liddy can give him some tips on surviving there.

  19. Tom Blanton June 15, 2007 at 8:55 am #

    I feel so sorry for Scooter. I think I’ll put together a gift package for him – a bag of pork rinds, a pack of Newports, a make-up kit, and a large tub of vaseline.

  20. Jim June 15, 2007 at 9:19 am #

    Ryan – Gordon Liddy is a different type than Scooter Libby. Liddy became a bench press enthusiast in prison, upping his total from 160 to 240. Liddy is an honest tough guy. I have been disappointed to see where he has gone since 9/11, but his personal courage is beyond dispute.

    I don’t think the prep school Scooter Libby went to gave him any good tips for surviving up the river.

  21. Lawhobbit June 15, 2007 at 9:56 am #

    Any particular reason to believe (presuming for argument’s sake that he even goes) that Libby won’t end up at one of the Club Fed prisons with other white collar types?

    And Jim, what the heck is so exciting about benching 240? I mean, I’m just yer averij white-collar worker myself and I can do that. 😛

  22. Jim June 15, 2007 at 10:04 am #

    With the left hand or the right hand?

  23. Jim June 15, 2007 at 10:20 am #

    Most lawyers I have known appear to be Charter Members of the 45 Pound Bench Press Club. (That’s the weight of the empty Olympic bar).

    LawHobbit is former US Army – so I think he is definitely an outlier as far as lawyers go.

    I keep my barbells racked up on concrete blocks next to this PC. I haven’t competed in weightlifting for a long time, but it is fun to try to avoid going totally to seed.

  24. Lawhobbit June 15, 2007 at 10:41 am #

    See? Not everybody who beats on a keyboard for a living or yells and hollers at people is a stick figure.

    On the other hand, to be fair it’s been awhile since I’ve been on a bench with free weights to see what my actual single rep is. I’ve had a Bowflex for a couple years now and it does a pretty good job of being more than a coatrack.

    As for the Army thing – I was mostly a scout. We didn’t have to lift weights, we had to know how to conduct skilled hiding and running aways. It was a military job description that appealed to me in a Captain Bluntschli sort of way.

  25. Jim June 15, 2007 at 10:51 am #

    Being an Army scout is great training for being a lawyer. I bet you are a wiz at disclosure – and non-disclosure…

    I haven’t lifted on a machine for a long time. Didn’t seem to be as satisfying. Besides, I don’t charge myself a monthly membership fee for leaving the barbell plates on the floor near the computer.

  26. Original Steve June 15, 2007 at 11:06 am #

    Jim, I thought you were an expert at “12 ounce curls,” Lifting weight filled with Samuel Adams.

    There, oh bearded one, there’s some serious thought from a commentator.

  27. Lawhobbit June 15, 2007 at 11:07 am #

    Of course I also got to play in the arms room a lot (literacy helps you get better grades from the S2 shop on your inspections, when it comes to the paperwork portion) and did spend some time as an MP…

    One of the issues with machines, I’m given to believe, is that they’re not as good at working the smaller stabilizing muscles. Free weights – especially if you go to paired dumbells rather than a more typical bar – are far better in that regard.

    Finally, maybe you ought to start charging yourself a membership fee – just for beer and pretzel money, you know. But you probably shouldn’t go all the way into business managing a gym for yourself. 😀

  28. Jim June 15, 2007 at 11:13 am #

    Steve – if I’m feeling ambitious, I do 16 ounce curls.

  29. Jim June 15, 2007 at 11:15 am #

    LawHobbit – time as an MP, eh?

    Oh, the quips that this could generate.

    But I’ll draw the curtain of mercy on that.

    I was not aware that dumbbells offered that advantage. I have some around but it gets tricky if I forget & leave them on the steps.

  30. Lawhobbit June 15, 2007 at 11:21 am #

    I used to subscribe to one of the Men’s Health Magazines (can’t remember which one) back when it was about 90% training and 10% lifestyle. It was pretty keen on free weights in general and dumbbells in particular, as better for working the smaller muscles. I’ve always found that I have to back off at least 25% when going from machine to free, and another 10% or so if I want to do it with the dummies.

    And since you won’t forget and leave them on the steps a SECOND time, you might also consider them as working out your brain as well as your biceps. Could even be some agility and flexibility workouts there as well….

  31. Jim June 15, 2007 at 11:32 am #

    “Working the smaller muscles”?


    I’m not that fastidious.

    I follow more of a “close enough for government work” approach. I concentrate on the bench pressure, and assume that the other muscles (and the bicycling) will take care of the rest.

    As far as the dumbbells on the steps – I figured working the biceps was in lieu of working the brain.

  32. Lawhobbit June 15, 2007 at 11:52 am #

    I’m in full agreement on the “close enough for government work” point!

    I’ve spent some time and money in gyms and will admit to a somewhat morbid fascination with the people who can spend hours and hours there – working on what seems to be just one small part of their bodies.

  33. Sean O'Neil June 15, 2007 at 11:54 am #

    Good catch, Jim. I feel pretty sure that Dubya will issue the pardon pretty danged soon. There isn’t any integrity in our Govt any longer. The Pardon will be issued without deliberation, as Dubya’s way of getting back at his appointee Reggie Walton.

    Judge Walton also inserted an excellent footnote in his Order allowing the NeoCon “professors of law” leave to file an amicus brief… basically castigating the Dirty Dozen law school whores for their political gamesmanship, and advising them that they will be required to help the court when less fortunate defendants appear before it. It’s pretty danged funny, and very uncommon for a Judge to be so critical in the way Walton is in that footnote.

    At my blog —

  34. Lawhobbit June 15, 2007 at 11:54 am #

    Oh. And for a different point of view on the actual blog topic:

  35. Chris S June 15, 2007 at 12:09 pm #

    Bush with a clear conscious, I see what you did there.

  36. Chris S June 15, 2007 at 12:10 pm #

    Walton’s footnote was a nice touch.

  37. Tory June 15, 2007 at 1:57 pm #

    A Pardon Will Keep Libby Silent (JH):

    In the very beginning of this Plame thing who did you suspect was behind this ?

    “We gottem on their last throes”

  38. Ryan June 15, 2007 at 1:57 pm #


    That was a joke. I’ve read “Will” and I have respect for Liddy as well even if I don’t agree with what he did. He has balls. The only thing he has in common with Scooter is that he is a neocon, too. Too bad about that, for he is pretty smart otherwise. There is one tip he won’t give Libby if asked. He won’t recommend singing at the top of his lungs the “Hoerst Wessel Lied” while heading for the shower.

    The neocons on the radio are really angry at this judge. It turns out Bush appointed him. 😀

  39. Jim June 15, 2007 at 2:00 pm #

    It is fun to hear the wailing in DC- and probably along the entire Northeast corridor – over this judge’s decision.

    Is anyone aware of a blog or other place that is keeping track of the most vehement or absurd defenses of Scooter or condemnations of Judge Walton?

  40. Jean June 15, 2007 at 3:03 pm #

    Jim, I glad to see that Judge Walton has stood up to the law and did what was right in the Libby case. Just wish he had done the right thing concerning Sibel Edmonds.

  41. Tom Blanton June 15, 2007 at 7:44 pm #

    There are two places on the internet to go when you want to read the brownshirt reactions:

    1. FreeRepublic.Com


    2. LittleGreenFootballs.Com.

    It is actually amazing that LGF took time off from Muslim bashing and warning of the destruction of western civilization by islamofascists to weigh in on Scooter’s sentencing.

    They are also wondering a lot about just what part of 9/11 Ron Paul doesn’t get.

  42. Mace Price June 15, 2007 at 10:30 pm #

    …Didn’t G. Gordon Liddy give “Maximum John” Sirica a bunch of shit during the trail, thus aggravating matters in terms of sentencing? That and even in the event Bush doesn’t pardon Little Scooter, which I seriously doubt, he’ll do the 30+/- months at a minimum security facility around DC. And if so, won’t he–under Federal Sentencing Guidelines–or the “New Law” ushered in during Reagan’s “War on Drugs” the 80’s, have to do at least 80% maximum of the 2.5 years? leads me to believe that given the protracted survival of AG Alberto “Stungun” Gonzales as an indication, I just don’t see him [Libby] going to Prison. This Bush Regime is a ferocious bunch of Oligarchs, as stubborn as they are insensible to even the concept of Equal Justice Under The Law. Worse, they’ve acquired enough power to play for keeps. Anyway, speaking of the Law Counselor Bovard, I’m sure you’ll recall one of the more incisive quotes of the infamous Roy Cohn–who amongst other things managed to complete Colombia law at 19. Someone began to admonish him about some legal aspect or another, when Cohn cut him off and remarked: “Shut up to me about the Law! I’ve forgotten more about it than you’ve ever learned—Show me the Judge!” And as long as we’re speaking of Judges? How in the hell did Partisan elements in The DOJ manage to get Libby’s case in front of a Magistrate the stripe of Walton? Please feel free to edify me Jim…In case I have to act pro-per one of these days. Ha! Ha!

  43. Mace Price June 15, 2007 at 10:35 pm #

    …That and when I lift ’em Goddamn weights? I do 40 oz. curls with BOTH HANDS!…glug glug glug…and sometimes it shows.

  44. Jim June 15, 2007 at 11:30 pm #

    That reminds me of the Hofbrau Haus in Munich. I have seen American college students there being cheered on by their friends as they stood and drank an entire liter of beer with one swoosh.

    I’m not sure if their friends also cheered while they heaved their guts.

  45. Jim June 15, 2007 at 11:32 pm #

    Tom – thanks for the links.

    Free Republic has certainly followed the Bush trajectory downward.

    They did a posting a couple years back – “James Bovard, Libertarian Looney” — it was quite amusing, though I have not used any of the comments on my blurb sheet.

  46. Ryan June 16, 2007 at 10:25 pm #


    Here’s an absurd statement from Sean Hannity. According to him, the reason why Libby was prosecuted was due an “overzealous,liberal prosecutor”. When it comes to these ideologues being hoisted by their own petard, everything can be explained away simply by using the word “liberal”. While I admit a number of liberals have things to answer for this is not one of them.

  47. Mace Price June 16, 2007 at 11:18 pm #

    …Most everything that exits Hannity’s bought and paid for, pre-programed yap is absurd, as well as erroneas. If his head were to be separated from his body the head would keep right on spouting the same shit. Indeed that’s all he knows how to do. He’s a cypher, a non-entity, a lap dog with a long tongue.

  48. Dirk W. Sabin June 19, 2007 at 5:12 pm #

    The really interesting thing about the wankers in possession of the GOP these days is that they think “conservative” actually means “doing the bidding of others” and as a result, the conservative ethos has been replaced by a sophist doggerel suited more to the Bolsheviks than anything heretofor considered “conservative” in our lapsed republic. They counted on this judge to rubber stamp their crooked little agenda and lo and behold, the good judge actually possessed some bedrock conservative principles and bonafides. We will see more of this happening and it will ultimately have to be conservatives setting their house in order and purging the rats because the “liberals”….well…….they’ve kind of gone a tad neurotic and soft since organized labor has been forced to try and unionize in Mexico and China in order to stay alive.

    Maybe Scooter can hustle off to exile in Albania and ready Castle Mano a Mano for the new King of Gypsies to join his last real supporters on Earth. I’d suggest they relocate all the Bush-Cheney Papers to Albania but silly me, I forgot that they have erased them all… if there really was ever anything of providential merit to anything they do or say anyway. If only hitting “delete” would solve the bigger problem. There is always election 08 but so far, I’d sooner play eenie meenie miney moe to select a President in any fleabag bar from here to Modesto than vote for most of these Cliff-Note Statesmen.

    By the way, when did this blog become the Charles Atlas Digest? Whats next, a steroid investigation?