Now granted, some things strike me as amusing that may not the next person, but that statement made me stop and chuckle. The reporter made the statement during a report from the trial about the abduction and murder of the little girl, Jessica, in Florida. That is the description of the murderer being used in court. His defense team is hoping to get him off on the grounds of insanity, no doubt.
I tried to post earlier this morning and blogger failed me. Again.
So, here's why I think a pardon for Scooter Libby should be coming down the pike before he ever sets foot into prison. It was a trial without a crime. What we have is a trial criminalizing political philosophy. Scooter Libby didn't remember conversations as part of his unbelievably busy, stressful position as Chief of Staff to the VP, so, ill advised, he told the Grand Jury about the conversations as best as he could, instead of saying, "I don't remember", as he should have been advised to do. Don't you remember how many times Bill and Hillary said they did remember things? There's a reason for that.
The prosecutor barreled on after it was determined who the leaker was of the name of Joe Wilson's wife and her occupation - Richard Armitage, no friend of this administrations. It was determined Joe Wilson outed is own wife by listing her in his bio in Who's Who, and then again in his opinion piece coming out against invading Iraq. Wilson, a loud critic of this administration, was sent to Niger by his wife at the CIA and his findings contradict truth. He was completely discredited by not one but two bi-partisan panels investigating the lead up to the war. He is no victim here. Neither is Valerie.
So, even after Armitage comes forth as the blabber, Libby is indicted by the Grand Jury and stands trial. The jury is picked in D.C., with huge Democractic majority, and the juror running to the cameras yesterday after the verdict was read was a journalist and author named Denis Collins, "That's Denis with one n", he told reporters so as not to have his name misspelled in his 15 minutes. Turns out Collins is a reporter for the Washington Post, a newspaper linked to the trial and also the author of a book on spying and the CIA, also linked to the trial. Interesting but it doesn't stop there. He says to reporters that the jury, including him, wondered outloud why Libby was on trial and where was Rove and 'the others'. Yeah, no political agenda there.
Look for Libby to be pardoned after sentencing and the appeal. Not nearly soon enough for this travesty but there is a process in place that he will have to adhere to.
Contrast this with, say, Sandy,the Burglar, Berger. He was the NSA for Albright in the Clinton administration. Upon learning he would testify before the 9/11 commission, he goes to the National Achieves and steals documents. Stuffs said documents down his pants and into his socks then buries some at a construction site. He originally lies about it then confesses. Never mind he's covering up the whole capturing bin Laden deals offered to Clinton during 1998 and beyond. What was his punishment? Community service and a small (for a millionaire like him) fine.
Libby cannot be pardoned soon enough for me.