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Libby drops perjury appeal

WASHINGTON – Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, dropped the appeal of his perjury conviction Monday after concluding that it would be too costly and time-consuming to pursue the matter any further, his attorney announced.

“We remain firmly convinced of Mr. Libby’s innocence,” said lawyer Theodore V. Wells Jr. “However, the realities were, that after five years of government service by Mr. Libby and several years of defending against this case, the burden on Mr. Libby and his young family of continuing to pursue his complete vindication are too great to ask them to bear.”

The statement also touched on the legal Catch-22 that Libby has found himself in: President Bush commuted Libby’s 30-month prison sentence this summer but left in place his conviction in the CIA leak case. That means that even if Libby were to have won his appeal, he might still face a new trial that could result in prison time, and there would be a new, perhaps less sympathetic, president who might not pardon him.


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