Saturday, January 20, 2007

The Libby Injustice

A political dispute whose "crime" was solved a long time ago.

Editorial - January 20th, 2007 - Wall Street Journal (

Opening arguments begin next week in the trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, and, regardless of the verdict, it is our firm belief that this is a case that should never have been brought. While a tragedy for Mr. Libby and his family in personal terms, the case is among the most egregious examples we can recall of criminalizing political differences.

It is now coming out that Patrick Fitzgerald has a long term personal grievance with Scotter Libby. Since Libby was not the person who released Valerie Plame's name, Richard Armitage is now known to have been the person who did that, and since no crime was committed in releasing her name, it is now known that she was not covert under the law in question, and since both of these things mean Libby had no motive to lie, and since it is now known that Fitzgerald already knew both these things before he had Libby interviewed, everyone has long been asking, "What is this really about?"

It turns out it is nothing but a personal vendetta by an evil prosecutor to get even with someone who he was angry at. Like Nifong in Durham, Fitzgerald is abusing his office for personal reasons. Is anyone surprised that a legal system as corrupt as ours has come to this? Welcome to the "rule of judges".


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