Libby 'wants what Martha Stewart got'
"I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby wants what Martha Stewart got," according to the Associated Press. "The former White House aide, who faces 2 1/2 years in prison for perjury and obstruction, cited the domestic celebrity in court documents Wednesday as part of his bid to put his sentence on hold."
The AP story continues, "A federal judge agreed to put Stewart's five-month prison sentence on hold while she appealed her 2004 conviction for lying about a stock deal (though Stewart opted to serve the time anyway). WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers got a similar deal after his conviction in an $11 billion accounting fraud, as did David Safavian, a former White House official convicted in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal." Full AP story can be read at this link.
In other related news, TalkLeft's Jeralyn Merrit posted a mass fund-raising letter at her blog sent by Mary Matalin for the Libby Legal Defense Trust in which she "pleads for contributions for Scooter Libby's appeal and argues Libby is innocent." Matalin, a top Republican strategist who formerly served as assistant to President George W. Bush and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney, also played a key role in actions the Bush Administration undertook against its critics after the invasion of Iraq, which included disclosing a CIA agent's identity to reporters.
"Matalin, according to notes Libby made of the conversation, called [Ambassador Joe] Wilson a snake and warned that his 'story has legs,'" the San Francisco Chronicle reported in February. "She laid out a plan: 'We need to address the Wilson motivation. We need to be able to get the cable out. Declassified. The president should wave his wand.'"
It was revealed recently that Matalin's husband, top Democratic strategist and former President Clinton adviser James Carville, co-signed a letter of support for Libby before his sentencing, which many left-leaning bloggers criticized him for.
In the fundraising letter (pdf link), Matalin argues that Libby is "going to jail because his memory of conversations differed from that of news reporters about who said what and when."
Yesterday, RAW STORY's Michael Roston reported that special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald sought the immediate imprisonment of former top White House Adviser Libby in papers filed Tuesday with a federal district court, and, at the same time, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice hinted at the possibility of a pardon from President George W. Bush for the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.