Libby Drops Appeal

Barring presidential pardon, Plame leaker remains convicted felon
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2007 10:49 AM CST
I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, testifies on Capitol Hill in this March 1, 2001 file photo in Washington. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has taken steps to suspend...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Lewis “Scooter” Libby will drop the appeal of his conviction in the CIA leak scandal, the AP reports. President Bush commuted Libby’s 30-month prison term, but Dick Cheney's onetime chief of staff remains a convicted felon. Libby’s lawyer said he was convinced of his client’s innocence, but the case had become too great a burden for Libby’s family to bear.

"The appeal would lead only to a retrial," said Theodore Wells, who also said he has not discussed a possible pardon with Bush. A failed appeal would take commutation off the table, the AP reports, even if the process wrapped up before Bush leaves office. Libby remains the only person charged in relation to the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity. (Read more Lewis Scooter Libby stories.)