Scooter Libby Drops His Appeal - What Now?

AP Via Yahoo:

A former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, has dropped his appeal in a perjury case that fueled debate over the Iraq war, his attorney said on Monday.

Libby was found guilty in March of lying and obstructing an investigation into who blew the cover of a CIA officer,Valerie Plame, whose husband had criticized the Iraq war.

"We remain firmly convinced of Mr. Libby's innocence," attorney Ted Wells said in a statement. "However, the realities were, that after five years of government service by Mr. Libby and several years of defending against this case, the burden on Mr. Libby and his young family of continuing to pursue his complete vindication are too great to ask them to bear."

High-powered allies like Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson raised millions of dollars to cover Libby's steep legal bills. Read on...

Jane at FDL thinks Scooter's looking for a Christmas miracle, Marcy reminds us that he's still a criminal and Jeralyn at Talk Left got an e-mail from Joe Wilson today. Is a full pardon for Scooter on the horizon? The Bush administration has said repeatedly they won't discuss Scooter because of the ongoing investigation, but rest assured, it will be a cold day in hell before they'll talk openly about their treason. I suspect we'll be hearing the term executive privilege or some such nonsense in short order. You can read Scooter's full statement here.

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