June 6, 2007
Libby Letters As A Teaching Tool
By now, the Libby letters are all over the internet. Doug Berman over at Sentencing Law and Policy Blog summarizes the Libby case. Libby was the former Chief of Staff to Vice-President Cheney who was sentenced to 30 months in prison for lying to investigators about what he told reporters about CIA Operative Valerie Plame. In sentencing Libby, Judge Walton considered 373 pages of letters which are available from Talk Left. Some of these letters are from Secretary Henry Kissinger, General Meyers, Mary Matlin, James Carville as well as from folks most of us never heard of. Findlaw also has posted a number of the court papers which can be used by professors as well.
I believe that law professors can make use of this material. For example, a criminal procedure lecture can discuss what should and what should not be included in such letters and whether they are of any value. I believe its always better to teach from current events than from a casebook.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein
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