Cheney's ex-aide ordered prison-time without delay

Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former top aide to U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, must begin to serve his 30-month jail term while appealing his conviction for lying to investigators in the CIA leak case, a U.S. judge ruled

Cheney's ex-aide ordered prison-time without delay
Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former top aide to U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, must begin to serve his 30-month jail term while appealing his conviction for lying to investigators in the CIA leak case, a U.S. judge ruled on Thursday.

"Unless the Court of Appeals overturns my ruling, he will have to report," District Judge Reggie Walton said.

Walton did not set a date for Libby, Cheney's former chief of staff, to report to prison, but Libby was expected to report to prison in six to eight weeks unless an appeals court overrules Walton's decision.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons would decide the date and the prison where Libby was to serve the sentence.

Libby's lawyers said he would appeal Walton's decision, which might force President George W. Bush to consider pardoning the former White House aide.

Libby, 56, served as Cheney's chief of staff and national security adviser from 2001 to October 2005 when he resigned after being indicted in the investigation into who blew the cover of a secret CIA agent, Valeri Plame Wilson, whose husband criticized the Iraq war, in the summer of 2003.

He was charged with obstruction of justice, perjury and making false statement. In March this year, Libby was found guilty of obstructing the investigation, and was sentenced to 30 months in jail last week.

Libby was also fined 250,000 U.S. dollars and placed on probation for two years following his release from prison.
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