Libby supporters raise over $2 million for defense

[JURIST] I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense profile; JURIST news archive] supporters have raised more than $2 million for his legal defense in the CIA leak case [JURIST news archive] since last fall, according to Barbara Comstock, a member of Libby's defense team. Supporters of Vice President Cheney's former aide have hosted several fundraisers, including one Tuesday evening, hosted by former Cheney spokeswoman Mary Matalin [Wikipedia profile], former Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham [official profile], former Rep. Bob Livingston [Wikipedia profile] and oil industry executive and former Commerce Secretary Don Evans [official profile]. Former Sen. Fred Thompson [Wikipedia profile] hosted a similar fundraiser last month.

Libby has pleaded not guilty [JURIST report] to obstruction of justice and perjury charges [PDF indictment; JURIST report] in connection with the investigation into the leak of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity to the media. Speculation that President Bush will pardon Libby [Newsday report] has increased following last week's revelation that Karl Rove [official profile], Bush's top political advisor, will not face criminal charges [JURIST report] in the three-year investigation. Political theorists speculate that the timing of a presidential pardon [JURIST backgrounder; Wikipedia backgrounder] will be governed by whether the Republicans retain control of Congress in the mid-term elections, while others believe he will wait until his last days to issue the pardon, a tactic employed by many former presidents to avert political consequences. Bush could be motivated to pardon Libby to avoid disclosures of government documents and the possibility of Cheney testifying [JURIST report] at trial. AP has more.



 

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.