“If we want the American citizenry to respect our system of justice, people have to feel that regardless of who you are, that when you come into a courtroom you’re going to be treated equally.”Interestingly, Judge Walton also discussed media attention and public opinion. He suggested many were expecting him to show favor to Libby and that the media were "taking some shots" at him. But PardonPower recalls no commentator of even moderate stature expecting Walton to show such favor. Indeed, he was well known as a strict-sentencing type. There were no expectations so much as there were questions. Given that, where in the world was Walton looking to see such expectations? After sentencing, he felt as though he was "the darling" of liberal media and the recipient of "negative" editorials from the Wall Street Journal.
Seeing how sensitive Walton was to the opinions of his colleagues and the expectations and reactions of the media, one wonders how much his decision making may have been affected by such non-legal considerations. See story here.