Staunch Republican Judge throws out Plame Lawsuit
U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates just threw out the Plame lawsuit against, well, everyone who leaked her identity.
Valerie Plame's lawsuit dismissedJudge Bates who threw out the suit was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in 2001 by President George W. Bush. Previously Judge Bates served as Deputy Independent Counsel for the Whitewater investigation from 1995 to mid-1997. Currently he also serves as a Judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to which he was appointed by Chief Justice John Roberts.
Plame, the wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, had accused Vice President Dick Cheney and others of conspiring to leak her identity in 2003. Plame said that violated her privacy rights and was illegal retribution for her husband's criticism of the administration.
U.S. District Judge John D. Bates dismissed the case on jurisdictional grounds and said he would not express an opinion on the constitutional arguments. Bates dismissed the case against all defendants: Cheney, White House political adviser Karl Rove and former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.
It's okay if you're a Republican.