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Court: We Don't Rubber Stamp All NSA Requests ...

... Just 75.6% of them, top judge testifies

(Newser) - The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court doesn't just rubber stamp every request government spies send it, its top judge protests in a letter sent to Congress—just 75.6% of them. The Justice Department has previously revealed that the court approves 99% of NSA requests. But that number is misleading,... More »

Commutation Order Baffles Libby Judge

Bush acknowledges White House role in Plame leak

(Newser) - The federal judge who sentenced Scooter Libby to 30 months in prison expressed his frustration with President Bush's commutation order yesterday, pointing out that the administration had championed the sentencing guidelines he followed. Reggie Walton, a Bush appointee with a lock-'em-up reputation, vented in a footnote to an order that... More »

Libby Ponies Up $250K Fine

Convicted felon does financial penance as commutation flap continues unabated

(Newser) - Lewis Libby has discharged the first part of his penalty for perjury and obstruction, paying a $250,000 fine and $400 "special assessment" to the clerk of the DC district court. A facsimile of the cashier's check, dated July 2—the day President Bush issued his commutation order—appeared... More »

Bush Commutes Libby Sentence

President spares former Cheney aide jail time; conviction remains

(Newser) - Scooter Libby won't be going to jail: President Bush commuted the former Cheney aide's 30-month sentence for perjury and obstruction of justice tonight, but stopped short of a pardon. The move came hours after a federal appeals court denied Libby's motion for bail pending his appeal. More »

Judge Orders Libby to Prison

Defense likely to appeal trial court's ruling

(Newser) - Scooter Libby may not remain free pending appeal, the judge in his perjury trial ruled today, and must begin serving his 30-month sentence this summer. His defense team will turn next to a federal appeals court, the Washington Post reports, but the most pressing legal question now is whether President... More »

Prosecutor Pushes for Quick Action on Libby

Fitzgerald urges judge to rule against release pending appeal

(Newser) - The prosecutor in the Scooter Libby case wants the judge to send the vice president's ex-chief of staff to prison sooner rather than later. Arguing that the chance of an appeals court overturning the conviction is "at best, remote," Patrick Fitzgerald filed documents today calling for Libby's 30-month... More »

Libby Draws 30 Months, $250K Fine

Judge says VP's former right-hand man 'got off course'

(Newser) - The vice president's ex-chief of staff will spend 30 months in prison and pay a $250,000 fine for lying to federal investigators about his role in blowing a CIA agent's cover. Judge Reggie Walton cited "overwhelming evidence" of Scooter Libby's guilt in sentencing him today on charges of... More »

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