Libby is headed back to court to try to forestall his 30 month prison term in the CIA leak case.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The federal judge who will decide whether to order Lewis "Scooter" Libby to prison or allow him to remain free pending the results of an appeal of his March conviction said Thursday he has received threatening phone calls and letters.
"In the interest of full disclosure, I have received a number of harassing, angry and mean-spirited phone calls and messages," U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton told the court at the start of the proceeding. "Some wishing bad things on me and my family."
"Those types of things will have no impact," Walton said. "I initially threw them away, but then there were more, some that were more hateful. They are being kept."
Lawyers for the convicted former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney are trying to keep their client out of prison while they appeal the case.
Walton has said he will hear arguments from the defense and prosecution before he makes his decision.
- CNN's Paul Courson