Scapegoat. Gets blame for others’ misdeeds.
Last week, Blawgletter questioned former White House official "Scooter" Libby’s combination of an "I forgot the truth" defense to perjury and obstruction charges with a "the White House framed me" defense (here). Mr. Libby’s lawyer explained it, sorta, today:
Theodore Wells, Jr., said Libby’s actions were those of a person who had no fear of legal jeopardy and only wanted to be treated fairly.
"He was concerned about scapegoating," Wells said. "My argument will be only an innocent person would go to the Vice President of the United States and say what they’re doing is unfair."
(Story here). So, if Blawgletter understands, the scapegoating so upset Mr. Libby that he demanded and received official exoneration a few days before he forgot the truth in testifying to a grand jury. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton didn’t buy it, pointing out:
"Why shouldn’t this jury be allowed to see tapes showing Mr. McClellan and the White House was supporting his story — that he had done nothing wrong?," Walton asked the defense.
By Jove, Blawgletter thinks Judge Walton’s got it.