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Scooter Libby Trial Jury Selection

There is a great resource for those wanting to follow the Libby trial at ScooterLibbyTrial.com. The site carries feeds from the various Media Bloggers Association bloggers. For those who don't already know, Robert Cox at the MBA was able to get two seats in the trial for member bloggers. It is unprecedented access for bloggers, especially considering the high profile nature of the trial and the limited number of seats available. Here is an excerpt from one post I found at the site about jury selection, posted by James Joyner at Outside the Beltway.

Judge Reggie Walton has had to readjust his plans for the Scooter Libby trial to deal with a jury pool so overwhelmingly biased against the Bush administration, according to AP's
Matt Apuzzo. Opening arguments have been pushed back to next Tuesday, even though they were supposed to take place Monday.

Walton set a Monday through Thursday schedule for the trial, freeing him to perform other duties on Fridays. Because voir dire could not be completed yesterday, though-MBA's Robert Cox reports that only one potential juror got selected yesterday-they are meeting at 3:00 this afternoon to continue the process.

They're actually running out of jurors in the main pool, because many have been struck for cause. As a result, Apuzzo reports, "Walton needs six more jurors to fill the jury pool but has only a handful available in the original pool. He ordered 10 jurors from an alternate pool to come to court on Monday in case they run out."

And we haven't even gone through the peremptory challenges yet. Apuzzo's colleague Michael Sniffen notes that Libby's attorneys have twelve and prosecutors have eight. That means they need to get 36 people through the first round to ensure that enough survive the peremptories to leave 12 jurors and 4 alternates.

Update: Tom Maguire and Clarice Feldman have coverage of the trial, as well as history of the case at Just One Minute.


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Comments (46)

Now the Question can be set... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Now the Question can be settled: was Valerie Plame a covert agent of the CIA (hint:YES!) And does that make her betrayer a bona fide Traitor, or just in gross violation of civil service rules and guidelines, or ...? Will Scooter fall on his sword for Cheney in expectation of a pardon from W, or will the pardon come 1st (even this weekend) before the start of the trial? Because if the public gets a gander at how venality in the service of the Dark Side was the modus operandi in the West Wing, the Jigs Up! Boy George is too important to go down from a jew's inability to bullshit good enough. Expect a pardon, Quick! If not: Even better! Let the Good Times Roll! Or does: "...And Justice for ALL" sound more impartial?

BryanD:Apparently ... (Below threshold)

BryanD:

Apparently you missed the news that the leaker was, in fact, former State Department official (and Colin Powell prodigy) Richard Armitage. And as the prosecutor has specifically said that Armitage will NOT face charges, the question on whether the "outing" of Plame was indeed a crime or not has been settled.

Libby's on trial for, as the saying goes, "lying about telling the truth about a liar" -- namely, Joe Wilson -- and not for "outing" Plame.

J.

A jury of one's "peers" has... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

A jury of one's "peers" has become a bit of an anachronism given the wacky demographics in DC.

He'd get a fairer trial in Durham, NC.

Jay,bryan is not l... (Below threshold)
J.R.:

Jay,

bryan is not looking for enlightenment, that disrupts his "the Bush crowd" is nothing but evil mantra.

Just call him a jack-ass, that's more to his level.

Don't worry about Bryan, he... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Don't worry about Bryan, he's just one of millions that are so brain washed they mumble 'hate Bush', 'hate Bush', in their sleep. It's a pity they are still campaigning against Bush. He can't and won't run again and he'll burst more bubbles on the left when he doesn't declare martial law and take over.

Has anyone noticed the republican-communist comparison has stopped since the left wing liberal progressives that are in charge of congress have proven to be just that, communist/socialist? No need to ask where their politics lay now. What can we say, Putin, Chavez, Peeloshi, same politics, same tactics. Elected representatives sit down and shut up, you have no say in this House of representatives. The only saving grace is the Veto pen.

"bryanie" can you say "Rich... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

"bryanie" can you say "Rich"?

Armitage was assigned BY LI... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Armitage was assigned BY LIBBY to find out the source of Joe Wilson's trip. Armitage then reported back TO LIBBY the results. Libby then met with JUDITH MILLER of the horrible NY Times, etc, etc. And that's just the beginning! Read the Indictment (and if you wan't to transpose "Cheney for "Libby" you're probably safe in doing so : (it's easy reading, don't worry) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/28/AR2005102801086_pf.html

Armitage also opposed the w... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

Armitage also opposed the war and was hardly a partisan bomb thrower.

Fitzgerald KNEW who did it EARLY in the case (yet continued investigating) and the odds of this case resulting in a conviction is non-existant.
-=Mike

Jay Tea: This is one for fu... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Jay Tea: This is one for future blog anthologies, a landmark chapter and a key to Who's on the Ball and which blogs are dogs. Editorially speaking. (That's why I got a really hinky feeling W will use the pen!)

Hey Jack-ass, blow smoke ho... (Below threshold)
J.R.:

Hey Jack-ass, blow smoke however you want. This is a perjury trial, idiot. Libby didn't out the world's worst secret agent.

jhow69, MARC Rich!!! My boy... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

jhow69, MARC Rich!!! My boy! You followed my links (or read MY prior comments, I guess). You just TYPE dumb! But Rich will NOT come up; too many political lines are crossed and re-crossed for comfort there. Plus it's irrelevant. (RATS!)

Richard Armitage is... (Below threshold)
Larkin:


Richard Armitage is a founding member of the neoconservative cabal known as the Project for a New American Century. This is a group of demented psychopaths who believe that America should build a worldwide empire recklessly toppling regimes whenever we please with whatever amount of force we like. Armitage coauthored a letter by PNAC in 1998 to President Clinton urging him to forcibly remove Saddam Hussein from power.

And guess who else was involved with PNAC? That's right. None other than our illustrious Vice President and his former chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

J.R.! GOMER! Yeah, YOU! You... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

J.R.! GOMER! Yeah, YOU! You said "secret". Report to re-education camp "W" forthwith!

Jay Tea writes<blockq... (Below threshold)
John:

Jay Tea writes

Libby's on trial for, as the saying goes, "lying about telling the truth about a liar" -- namely, Joe Wilson -- and not for "outing" Plame.

Ummmm.... Wrong.

First off, Wilson's report about the Nigerian yellow cake was true. BUSH lied about the report to the American people, which lead to Wilson's OpEd piece, which lead to outing his wife in a mean spirited act of retribution which was unprofessional, and against the interests of the United States.

Secondly, Libby is not on trial for lying about telling the truth. Libby is on trial for multiple instances of lying to a grand jury and obstructing justice.

But you know that.

Clap louder.

This and the Duke non rape ... (Below threshold)
Jo:

This and the Duke non rape case are the biggest jokes going on right now. If those aren't enough to let you know what liars the liberals are, nothing will.

Remember when the WaPo admitted recently that Joe Wilson is a liar and everyone owes Rove, etc. a huge apology? I don't think they have apologized yet. Admitting you're wrong is apparently something a democrat/liberal just cannot seem to do.

Um, no... We don't. Send ... (Below threshold)
John:

Um, no... We don't. Send the link.

Actually, it's weirder than... (Below threshold)

Actually, it's weirder than all that. Wilson lied in the op-ed about his OWN report!

Jo, EVERYONE owes WHO a WHA... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Jo, EVERYONE owes WHO a WHAT? http://www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=7681

Uhh "bryanDumbass" I ain't ... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Uhh "bryanDumbass" I ain't your boy because if I was you would be maggot food by now. As to "Rich" as in pardooone by old blue dress boy so don't give us the GB pardon crap. Don't need to read your post because they are all the same liberal BS so if you read one you read them all. Must type ok as you seem to know what I say dumbass.

Hi, little monkey!... (Below threshold)
John:

Hi, little monkey!

Poor old little monkey. No teeth left to bite, and your hair's all matted and falling out. So sad.

Celery?

jowl69: HAHAHAHAHimarepubli... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

jowl69: HAHAHAHAHimarepublicanHAHAHAHA!

This trial is going to be b... (Below threshold)

This trial is going to be better tv than any soap opera could hope to be. Pop some corn, grab a beer and set the recliner for pure entertainment enjoyment.

Don't forget to check the RW blogs daily to watch the Bush team peel away as the details are revealed one after another.

Doesn't democracy and TIVO make a great combination!

This is going to be the big... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

This is going to be the biggest non-event in history.

Um, no... We don't. Sen... (Below threshold)
marc:

Um, no... We don't. Send the link.
Posted by: John at January 19, 2007 11:54 PM

Ah-hemmm. WaPo Sept 7, 2006

In fact, the prosecutor concluded that there was no crime; hence, no indictment. And we now know that the original "leak," in casual conversations with reporters Novak and Bob Woodward, came not from the conspiracy theorists' target in the White House but from the deputy secretary of state at the time, Richard Armitage, an esteemed member of the Washington establishment and no pal of Rove or President Bush.
Dispute it all you care to, but unless it comes with links to credible sources you may as well keep them to your self.

Thanks, Marc. Great opinio... (Below threshold)
John:

Thanks, Marc. Great opinion piece on Rove.

I think this thread is about the Scooter Libby trial. Let's try to keep focused.

Thanks, Marc. Grea... (Below threshold)
marc:
Thanks, Marc. Great opinion piece on Rove. I think this thread is about the Scooter Libby trial. Let's try to keep focused. :: by John on January 20, 2007 3:18 AM
Correct it is an opinion piece.

However to make a sorry attempt at claiming Rove isn't connected to Libby in the case currently under litigation is nothing more than another diversion by you.

Not surprising.

Also not shocking you didn't provide any evidence that Plame was "outed" by anyone because as the facts and the special prosecutor has said there was no crime.

I await for your link to quotes by Fitz saying there was a crime related to the "outing of a undercover agent."

This is too much. The troll... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

This is too much. The trolls, all of a sudden think lying to a grand jury is wrong. In 1996-97, it was all right to lie to a grand jury. I know, the trolls will now say they thought Clinton was wrong to lie. Plame was not covert, but that does not matter. Joe Wilson wrote an op ed piece that contradicted his own report of his trip to Niger arranged by his wife plame. Fitzgerald had so much pressure applied by the dumocrats that he kept digging to satisfy them. All in all, all that is happening is much ado about absolutely nothing. The trolls wanted Rove or Cheney or both, and got nothing. Remember, democrats only apply the law to republicans, not their party.

If one is to believe the nu... (Below threshold)
groucho:

If one is to believe the numerous polls showing the overwhelming public rejection of the Bush administration and its policies, should anyone be surprised at the supposed "bias" in the jury pool? They just need to start shining their light under more rocks an in darker corners.

Who better to leak the iden... (Below threshold)
Larkin:

Who better to leak the identity of Valerie Plame than Richard Armitage? Since he is loved by the media (who seem unaware that he is a founding member of NPAC) his story of mistakenly letting Plame's identity slip would be swallowed whole by them.

The only reason there is no official criminal act concerning the outing of Plame is that the law has many conditions in it that have to met for it to be considered a crime. But that doesn't mean they didn't out Victoria Plame. They did out her; but they did it in a legal way.

The law needs to be strengthened. The people who work in the CIA are putting their lives on the line for our country just as much as the troops in Iraq. They deserve our wholehearted support. Their identity should be protected at all times (even if not required by the law).

Uhh "johnie" am I getting u... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Uhh "johnie" am I getting under your skin that bad? Good. Everyone remember now that "little johnie" use to work in the media and went to school at (SIU?).

"bryanDumbass" did you just drink out of the wrong bottle? (just look for the one with the nipple on it)

Hey Larkin you sound just l... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Hey Larkin you sound just like Alan "eyebrow" Combs. Excuses, excuses, excuses,-------

This is too much. The Repub... (Below threshold)
Brian:

This is too much. The Republicans, all of a sudden think lying to a grand jury is OK. In 1996-97, it was wrong to lie to a grand jury.

Libby's on trial for, as... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Libby's on trial for, as the saying goes, "lying about telling the truth about a liar"

And Clinton was on trial for lying about consensual sex.

Clarify for us, Jay. When is lying to a grand jury OK, and when is it not?

No, little monkey, you're n... (Below threshold)
John:

No, little monkey, you're not. Actualy, you're pretty amusing. Like an angry little old monkey in a hat and tutu, doing his little dance, trying to get approval. It would be sad, but you're such a turd, it's kind of funny, and I can't help but laugh at you.

Bryan DExcellent l... (Below threshold)
aRepukelican:

Bryan D

Excellent link above from antiwar.com. I'd read about Ledeen's fingerprints before.

This trial might just show how the forged Niger docs made their way to Cheny/Libby and how they became part of the Bush regime's manipulation for war.

First off, Wilson's repo... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

First off, Wilson's report about the Nigerian yellow cake was true.

It was true.

His op-ed about his report was the false one.

BUSH lied about the report to the American people, which lead to Wilson's OpEd piece, which lead to outing his wife in a mean spirited act of retribution which was unprofessional, and against the interests of the United States.

Bush said British intel reported it.

British intel, to this day, stands by it.

The lie is where?

This is too much. The Republicans, all of a sudden think lying to a grand jury is OK. In 1996-97, it was wrong to lie to a grand jury.

There is, you know, a difference between not recalling a discussion with a reporter (which is what Libby is charged with) and intentionally saying you didn't have sex with somebody and then helping her file a deposition that was a lie.
-=Mike
...The left's love affair with nuance is over...

Mike SCEzplain, if... (Below threshold)
aRepukelican:

Mike SC

Ezplain, if you will, what was the truth of Wilson's report about the yellow cake and exactly what was his lie in the op-ed.

Uhhh "johnie" (the one that... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Uhhh "johnie" (the one that use to be in the media and went to (SIU?) ) why do you keep answering my "humerous" posts then widdle one?

There is, you know, a di... (Below threshold)
Brian:

There is, you know, a difference between not recalling a discussion with a reporter (which is what Libby is charged with) and intentionally saying you didn't have sex with somebody

So Libby's "not recalling" was clearly unintentional, eh? Boy, you really got your partisan blinders on now. Tell me, would you equally give it a pass if Clinton said he "didn't recall" having sex with somebody?

John,It's so diffi... (Below threshold)
hansel2:

John,

It's so difficult deciphering what this monkey has to say, isn't it?. He speaks in grunts.

Hey monkey. Do your dance, get your celery and go back to your cage. Let the humans converse here.

Ezplain, if you will, wh... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

Ezplain, if you will, what was the truth of Wilson's report about the yellow cake and exactly what was his lie in the op-ed.

According to what he told the CIA, Wilson reported that the Nigerian ambassador clearly believed the "improved commercial ties" Iraq sought with his country was SOLELY referencing yellowcake.

So Libby's "not recalling" was clearly unintentional, eh?

Hmm, in a battle of whom to believe between a reporter and a politician, neither side really has much cred.

Tell me, would you equally give it a pass if Clinton said he "didn't recall" having sex with somebody?

Seeing as how he said he didn't --- your point is just a wee bit irrelevant.
-=Mike

Nice dodging there.... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Nice dodging there.

Care to reveal their dodgin... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

Care to reveal their dodging?

Clinton lied under oath. Not much dispute there.

Bush said British Intel said something. British Intel STILL says the same thing. That, you know, would be considered a simple recitation of fact.

We have a reporter and Libby with differing recollections and neither has any real cache of legitimacy. But, since Libby is criminally charged, he is due the whole presumption of innocence thing since the only evidence of a "crime" is the reporter's word.
-=Mike

Speaking of Brittish Intel,... (Below threshold)
John:

Speaking of Brittish Intel, if you recall the Downing Street memo (which they still stand by), it indicates that we were lied into this war. Bush was bound and determined to go to war with Iraq, and was willing to use any excuse (or to fabricate one, if need be.)

300 billion dollars and over 3000 dead later, and with a 30% approval rating, some of you nut cases still keep pounding on the "well, Clinton got a blow-job, and lied about it meme".

Frankly, they should shoot the bastard at sunup, for betraying all of us. And using our brave men and women. And laying the bill on our kids.

Speaking of Brittish Int... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

Speaking of Brittish Intel, if you recall the Downing Street memo (which they still stand by), it indicates that we were lied into this war.

Read the Butler Report.

Thanks.

Bush was bound and determined to go to war with Iraq, and was willing to use any excuse (or to fabricate one, if need be.)

Again, it's amazing that Bush can "fabricate" the identical evidence his predecessor used.

He must've planned ahead well.

300 billion dollars and over 3000 dead later, and with a 30% approval rating, some of you nut cases still keep pounding on the "well, Clinton got a blow-job, and lied about it meme".

Actually, it's your side that is pretty much all over that. We just point to the clusterfrick that was Clinton's policies in virtually all areas of life and laugh that people like you wax nostalgic for that.

Frankly, they should shoot the bastard at sunup, for betraying all of us. And using our brave men and women. And laying the bill on our kids.

Wow, a leftie calling for the killing of the President. That is SO unusual for your side.
-=Mike

It's a little late, and a t... (Below threshold)

It's a little late, and a trifle off topic, but some might be interested about Robert Cox, the person who assigned the first bloggers.

HTTP://coxstuff.blogspot.com




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