US Vice President Dick Cheney's former top aide, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, could be imprisoned within weeks after a US judge ruled he would not delay Libby's prison sentence.
District Judge Reggie Walton's decision will send Libby's lawyers rushing to an appeals court to block the sentence and could force President George W Bush to consider calls from Libby's supporters to pardon him.
No date was set for Libby to report to prison but it is expected to be within six to eight weeks.
That decision will be left up to the US Bureau of Prisons, which will also select a facility.
It is hard not to believe that the Bureua of Prisons has already given this considerable thought. I have no idea what they will do, but I suspect it will be very much by the book.