In arguing against jail time for his client, the attorney for disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy has invoked the case of former White House official Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

Libby was sentenced to 30 months in jail and two years of probation for charges including obstruction of justice and perjury. President Bush commuted the prison portion of Libby's sentence.

"President Bush concluded that the 'collateral consequences' from Libby's conviction, including the harm to his family, should be taken into account as part of the punishment for Libby's serious crimes," John Lauro wrote to U.S. District Judge Carol Amon.

On July 14, Amon is to sentence Donaghy for charges related to gambling on pro sports and providing inside information on NBA games.