LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – LawFuel’s lead story, from Reuters, reports that Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s appeal against his 2 1/2 year prison sentence may not delay his entering jail while he appeals the perjury conviction, a US Court has rule.
Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, will have to report to prison in six to eight weeks unless his lawyers persuade an appeals court to let him remain free.
Conservatives have pressured President George W. Bush to pardon Libby before he serves any time in prison and Thursday’s decision could increase that pressure. But a White House spokesman said the president is not going to intervene for now.
Libby was found guilty in March of obstructing an investigation into who blew the cover of a CIA analyst whose husband criticized the Iraq war.
Libby’s lawyers told U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton that he should remain free because his verdict might be overturned during the appeals process.