Libby Disbarred

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Who says that Scooter Libby is going unpunished?

I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby was disbarred from practicing law in the nation’s capital on Thursday.

I Lewis “Scooter” Libby was convicted to lying to a grand jury and investigators last year.

The former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney was convicted last year of lying to a grand jury and federal agents probing the leak of the identity of a CIA agent, Valerie Plame Wilson.

“When a member of the Bar is convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude, disbarment is mandatory,” the District of Columbia Court of Appeals wrote in its opinion, which is posted on its Web site.

It’s all part of the president’s “measured” approach to Libby’s commutation. Sure, Libby won’t have to serve that 30 month jail sentence. But the remaining punishments (the bother of reporting to a probation officer, the inconvenience of disbarment, that $250,000 fine) are “harsh.”