Libby The Fall Guy

While Libby has been found guilty, those responsible for ordering the obstruction of justice, as well as for the actions taken against Wilson and Plame for Wilson’s exposure of lies about the war, remain free. It appears some of the jurors also see it this way. Editor and Publisher quotes a juror of saying Libby was just the “fall guy.”

A spokesman for the jury that convicted “Scooter” Lewis of four counts today of perjury and obstruction of justice today in a federal courtroom told reporters immediately afterward that many felt sympathy for Libby and believed he was only the “fall guy.”

Denis Collins said that “a number of times” they asked themselves, “what is HE doing here? Where is Rove and all these other guys….I’m not saying we didn’t think Mr. Libby was guilty of the things we found him guilty of. It seemed like he was, as Mr. Wells [his lawyer] put it, he was the fall guy.”

He said they believed that Vice President Cheney did “task him to talk to reporters.”

Collins said, “some jurors said at one point, ‘We wish we weren’t judging Libby…this sucks.” More than once he said many jurors found Libby “sympathetic.”

Asked about Vice President Cheney not testifying, he said, “Having Cheney testifying would have been interesting.” And when the defense opened the trial by suggesting that Libby was scapegoated by the White House, “I thought we might get to see President Bush here.” But Collins said Libby not testifying was not such a big deal since they’d listen to nine hours of tapes of his earlier testimony.

Fitzgerald has been approaching the case similar to how prosecutors often go after mob cases, unraveling one layer at a time. The trial revealed more, at least to the public if not to Fitzgerald, about how the Bush/Cheney mob operates. Hopefully the Libby prosecution was just one step along the way of going after those above Libby.

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