June 12, 2007
WASHINGTON (AP) - The special prosecutor in the CIA leak case is urging a federal judge to put former White House aide Lewis Libby in prison right away.
In court documents, Patrick Fitzgerald says an appeals court is unlikely to overturn Libby's conviction because the evidence against him is so overwhelming.
Jurors found that Libby lied to investigators -- about how he learned that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA, and also about the people with whom he shared that information. Libby has argued that he has a good chance of winning an appeal and should be allowed to remain free until that challenge has run its course.
The judge who sentenced Libby to two and a-half years in prison has said he sees no reason to grant Libby's request. He's scheduled a hearing for Thursday.
(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) AP-NY-06-12-07 1043EDT