"Breaking: Libby Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison, $250,000 Fine"
Scooter Libby has been sentenced to 2.5 years in prison, “a victory for prosecutors.” Libby “stood calmly in the packed courtroom, where a federal judge said the evidence overwhelmingly proved Libby’s guilt.”
UPDATE: He also faces two years probation after his prison term.
UPDATE II: Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald had requested that Libby receive a sentence of 2 1/2 to 3 years, while Libby’s lawyers had asked for no prison time.
UPDATE III: CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin: “This is a long prison sentence in a white-collar case. … Judge Walton really threw the book at Scooter Libby.”
UPDATE IV: The AP reports that “Walton did not immediately address whether Libby could remain free pending appeal.” Toobin notes that if Walton grants bail, Libby could remain free for another year. Otherwise, he will have to report to prison in a couple of weeks.
UPDATE V: Libby received 30 months for obstruction of justice, but he received 15 months on other charges. The sentences will be served concurrently.
UPDATE VI: Walton has set a hearing for 1:30 pm on Thursday to decide whether Libby gets to remain free pending appeal.
UPDATE VII: Emptywheel at Firedoglake has a summary of the sentencing.
UPDATE VIII: Joe and Valerie Wilson’s reaction is HERE.