July 5th, 2007
03:50 PM ET
12 years ago

Libby pays $250,000 fine

Libby paid his $250,000 fine Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A quarter-million dollar fine that Lewis "Scooter" Libby paid Thursday was the most substantial element remaining from his conviction in March on federal charges that included perjury and obstruction of justice.

President Bush on Monday commuted Libby's 30-month sentence, and in light of that, the trial judge says he does not know whether Libby must still serve supervised probation. In addition, Libby had been ordered to serve 400 hours of community service, not yet specified, and the status of that also is unclear.

Bush declined to set aside the $250,000 fine imposed by U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton, who had been adamant that Libby serve time for lying to investigators looking into the possible leak of classified material dating back to 2003.

A court document filed Thursday shows Libby obtained a cashier's check Monday, the same day as Bush's decision to keep him out of prison. The check, drawn on a bank near Libby's home in McLean, Va., includes the quarter-million dollar fine and the court's special assessment of $400.

The court's receipt is dated Thursday, and includes a photocopy of the check filed in the public record of the case.

Walton has asked Libby's defense team and prosecutors to file documents by July 9 with their positions on how he should handle the probation matter. In his order, he wrote that the clemency law Bush used in commuting Libby's sentence does not address how to establish post-confinement probation for someone who hasn't been behind bars.

- CNN Producer Paul Courson

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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. al kraatz, skokie, IL

    America has the finest politicians that money can buy!
    If you have enough money and have supported a politician or party you can get away with anything.
    Sad but true!

    July 5, 2007 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  2. Mike Janczy

    Where did he get this cash? He is unemployed and a convicted felon!

    July 6, 2007 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  3. Rob, Asheville NC

    Bush, Cheney, Rove, and Rumsfeld should all be going to jail. These criminals are still robbing the national treasury and sending our sons and daughters to die for their lies.

    July 6, 2007 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Cashiers Check for $250,000 means we have absolutely no proof that this money was paid by Libby.

    Interesting method of payment since there is no audit trail. He could have paid in cash for all we know.

    July 6, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Vish, Milwaukee WI

    HAHA Libby getting fined only $250,000.
    Seriously 30 months in prison is nothing when you have millions of dollars...

    Its funny because now hes just going to take his gigantic pension and retire in a mansion on Bermuda...

    July 9, 2007 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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