The conviction of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, for lying to FBI agents and to the grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA officer's identity, is one of those moments in legal history that only has significance if taken in context. Libby's conviction won't make the history books because of the resoundingly egregious nature of his offence. It will make the history books because of his links with the US administration's dominant point of view, one that required an attitude of invulnerability, righteousness and the sense of being beyond the reach of law.
Why "Scooter" Libby will be remembered
- Published: 12 March 2007