John, you’re not gonna convince me, and I’m not gonna convince you. Here is the WSJ take on it. Here was my take on it. I have also before and since made other, broader philosophical points, at much length, about why the pardon is so essential. But I leave you with this: Even a couple of the jurors, interviewed right after the trial ended, said in public that they hoped Libby would receive a pardon, and more than a few said they felt quite sorry for him. That’s a pretty darn powerful argument, that jurors who found him technically guilty still thought he was, in effect, attitudinally innocent. I’ve never in my life seen jurors vote to convict and on the same day say they hoped the guy would be pardoned.
The whole trial was a travesty of justice. Justice demands that travesties be reversed.