Moral Twerpitude

WASHINGTON (CNN) — I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby was disbarred from practicing law in the nation’s capital on Thursday.

The former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney was convicted last year of lying to a grand jury and federal agents probing the leak of the identity of a CIA operative, Valerie Plame Wilson.

“When a member of the Bar is convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude, disbarment is mandatory,” the District of Columbia Court of Appeals wrote in its opinion, which is posted on its Web site.

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Last July, a court sentenced Libby to a 30-month prison term. President Bush later commuted Libby’s sentence, calling it “excessive.”


Unlike a presidential pardon which wipes a person’s crimes off the books, Bush’s commutation of Libby’s sentence only means that he does not have to serve the prison sentence. He is still considered guilty of the crime he was convicted.

The president stopped short of an outright pardon, noting that “our entire system of justice relies on people telling the truth.”

Excuse me for just a moment…..

Although the White House has declined to say whether Bush might go beyond [Bush’s] decision to commute Libby’s jail time, both Bush and Cheney have expressed strong support for Libby.

Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, told CNN a presidential pardon could indeed open the door for Libby to try to regain his license to practice law.


Sloan’s group is pursuing a civil suit on behalf of Plame Wilson, claiming damage from White House disclosures of her identity and connection to the CIA.

Although the suit has been rejected by a federal court, the group Friday will file a brief ahead of an appeals argument May 9.

Case history dating back to the Iran-Contra affair of the 1980s could affect Libby’s prospects for regaining his law license if he is granted a full pardon.


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14 responses to “Moral Twerpitude

  1. Friend of the court

    Damn that Libby, how could he lie like that, when the truth is so important to his boss? It’s hard to get good help, these days.

  2. nonnie9999

    i know, fotc, i can’t even imagine how upset chimpy must be to know that someone in his administration lied! 😮

  3. nightowl724

    The title…hahahahahahahaHA!

    Bush lecturing on the importance of telling the truth…even FUNNIER!

    Kudos, nonnie.

  4. nonnie9999

    can you believe that he even had the chutzpah to say that, nightowl? 🙄
    glad you liked the title. i was struggling with it. couldn’t think of a thing.

  5. nightowl724

    No way! Well, I guess “way.” He is such a hypocrite!

    As much, or even more than your posters, your titles reflect a great depth of knowledge, skill, and wit because titles are so critical – and so terse.

  6. nonnie9999

    the titles are usually thought of when i am in desperation mode. i finish the poster, gather the pertinent news stories and do the cutting and pasting, and then i stare at it, wondering what to name the whole thing. i usually walk away, do something else, and a title that i had not even considered pops into my head. funny how the old brain works.

  7. nightowl724

    When I write a parody, often the song concept finds me instead of the other way around. It will “pop into my head” after reading, watching, hearing, or thinking something. If not, I will scout around YouTube, song lists, my collection, and my memories. Then, like you, I walk away – for minutes, hours, or even days – and, then, BAM! It’s so cool! It must be how an inventor, explorer, or scientist feels when they have a Eureka moment – only more so.

    The “diary part” always comes last. Not much “popping” goes on then, but it’s still a kick!

    Also like you, I have too many ideas to ever complete. I actually have a spreadsheet full of them waiting for me. That’s IF I “ever” get back to writing, as I haven’t been able to post anything since New Year’s Day. Sigh…

  8. nonnie9999

    i just wish my memory was better. i used to have a very good memory, but now i have to ask my son when i need a specific word. sometimes i know that there is a movie that is perfect, but i won’t be able to remember the name. i will remember some small detail about it–someone in the cast (when i am lucky) or a scene or something like that, and then i hope that google will find it for me. sometimes, i just scroll through movies at amazon or movie sites and hope for the best.

  9. nightowl724

    Grrr… That is SO annoying when I can’t “quite” remember the name of a song or movie.

  10. looks a little “Love Story” -ish doesnt it

    just a thought

  11. nonnie9999

    well, they have the “never having to say you’re sorry” part down pat.

  12. nightowl724

    dcap – funny comment!

    nonnie – great comeback!

  13. nonnie9999

    but i didn’t have the chance to say that they can get colonel north for the sequel, oliver’s story.

  14. nightowl724

    Since you’re in a Dickens of a mood, you could do Oliver Twisted or a musical version, Oliver. Oh, wait…