The "Chilling Effect" of the Libby Verdict
This is aimed at the lawyers on the boards.
The news of the day is: DOJ official won't testify about firings
Taken on its own one might might think that this person is trying to cover something up but, when combined with the results of the Plame investigation, we see a bigger picture begin to unfold.
I do not feel this official is pleading the fifth because of any wrong doing, I think she is doing it because she feels that Democrats are on the war path because they were able to get Libby, not for the crime of outing a covert CIA operative (it was Armitage and the SP knew it early on) but for perjuring himself. That case should have ended as soon as the leaker (Armitage) was found out by the Special Prosecutor and the fact of Plame's non-covert status had been made known.
So I ask the lawyers in the house; Is this the Chilling Effect of the Libby verdict or is it something else? Because to me, I see it as a government official looking at a recent case where someone got jail time because they talked to a Grand Jury and they do not want to become the next fall guy.
PS: You lawyer types can parse through what I'm saying and lay it out a bit more clear for the rest of us.