June 14th, 2007
01:09 PM ET
4 years ago

Libby Judge says he's received threats

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


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  1. Richard M.

    So the law and order Republicans threaten a judge who jails one of them.
    Yet another opportunity to be proud to be an American.

    June 14, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Ryan, New York, NY

    Richard,
    I can't stop laughing at the "law and order Republicans" comment. I don't think any other administration can claim to be less of a "law and order" in this country's 230 years. I'm sure the right-wing blogs are clamoring over this "activist judge" as I type.

    The last time these guys agreed or cared about the rule of law and the court system was when Bush was declared the winner of the 2000 election. Since then, it's been "the ends justify the means," yet there's no "ends" in sight to most of their platforms, like Iraq and the war on terror. Until they're removed from office, god-willing in 2008, we'll have illegal wire-taps, outing of CIA agents and other political retribution.

    Libby saw what he and his cronies did to Valerie Plame and her family. I'm sure he's got skeletons in his closet (we all do), so jail for 30 months is better than turning his back on the wolves that would rip him and his family to shreds if he actually came clean. Plus Bush will pardon him in 18 months for throwing himself on the gernade that was this whole incident.

    June 14, 2007 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. Steve, Statesboro GA

    These threats are coming from the same people who feel that any criticism of GW Bush deserves the death penalty, although they felt free to threaten Clinton with murder during his administration. And after all, couldn't Libby just confess and save his poor wife and kids all that trouble?

    June 14, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. MAGGIE WEST OKC,OKLAHOMA

    THIS COUNTRY CAN SPEND MILLIONS GOING AFTER SCOOTER LIBBY BUT CAN'T SEEM TO FIND MONEY TO SEND ALL THESE MEXICANS HOME WHO ARE MUCH MORE OF A PROBLEM
    THAN SCOOTER LIBBY. THINK ABOUT IT????

    June 14, 2007 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |