Jan 16, 2007

Day 1- Haystacks In A Needle...

in trial of the century

WASHINGTON - Two potential jurors who expressed negative views of Bush administration officials were dismissed on the opening day of the perjury trial of former White House aide "Scooter" Libby.

The start of jury selection in the CIA leak case provided a potentially crucial victory for I. Lewis Libby's defense lawyers. They were allowed to ask potential jurors in detail about their opinions of the Bush administration, Vice President Dick Cheney, a group of high-profile reporters and whether the administration had lied to push the country into war with Iraq.

The defense faces a key challenge in picking a jury for this highly political case in a city where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans more than 9-to-1. Cheney is expected to be a defense witness.

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald objected repeatedly, but to no avail, that Libby's lawyers were going beyond the more general opinion questions that U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton asked the entire jury pool when the proceedings began Tuesday morning.

Fitzgerald complained that defense attorneys Theodore Wells and William Jeffress were turning jury selection into "an open-ended Rorschach (ink-blot) test into how you feel about the Bush administration, Vice President Cheney" the Iraq war and various reporters. "They're trying the case" in jury selection, he argued.

But Walton ruled the defense lawyers have a right to know if "somebody has a very negative attitude to the Bush administration." <
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I never complain - I assert.

Slim Pickings Picking Scooter's Peers

Scooter Libby's perjury and obstruction-of-justice case started today, but it was Dick Cheney and Tim Russert who were really on trial. Both men will be witnesses in the trial that stems from a federal investigation into Bush aides' leak of the identity of undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame in 2003. Cheney, who was on Fox News Sunday this week attesting to Libby's honesty, will testify in support of his former chief of staff. Whereas Russert will testify for the prosecution, which will attempt to prove that the newsman's recollections are more accurate than Libby's about when and how Libby disclosed Plame's identity.

During jury selection, the judge and defense counsel tried to ferret out whether the vice president's unpopularity would cause those weighing the case to discount his testimony, or whether the star power of the Meet the Press host might lead jurors to believe anything he said. (Prosecutors, who benefit from these preconceptions, were not so worked up about probing them.)

Given these lines of inquiry, it became pretty clear who was going to get out of jury duty. Pay attention to the world around you, and it was pretty likely you were going to get bounced. <
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Time to watch American Idol - Day 1!

20 Comments:

Anonymous t said...

And you keep on asserting...darn that Judge. Good luck finding someone Bush did not harm

7:57 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

Well, Fitzie, Judge Reggie is leaning a little too much to the defense side for my liking with his rulings today on jury selection.

But you have the truth and your outstanding skills as a lawyer going for you and more...

I pedict you will knock it out of the ballpark...

I like that woman juror who said she had three children. And you said, “I assume these are young children?”

She was very quick, saying with a southern inflection, “Oh, aren’t you sweet!”

I think you've own her over already... LOL Did she make the cut today?

8:04 PM  
Anonymous teak said...

Lawyers worked hard to press the jurors, but not too hard—they might, after all, have to appeal to them should they graduate to the jury box. Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald may have won himself a friend for life when he asked a middle-aged woman if her children were young. "Oh, aren't you sweet," she said as if he'd served up a winning pick-up line. She said her kids were college-age.

You sly devil....

8:04 PM  
Anonymous t said...

PS. Slate sounds like they are whining about their spot to report from!

8:04 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

I meant: you won her over already...

Dang dyslexia and bad typing...

8:07 PM  
Anonymous teak said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
John_Dickerson

Dickerson (during April 13, 2004 press conference): “In the last campaign, you were asked a question about the biggest mistake you'd made in your life, and you used to like to joke that it was trading Sammy Sosa. You've looked back before 9/11 for what mistakes might have been made. After 9/11, what would your biggest mistake be, would you say, and what lessons have you learned from it?”

President Bush: “I wish you would have given me this written question ahead of time, so I could plan for it.”

Maybe this reporter won't be so bad after all.

8:12 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

I just read this in the SLATE article:

'"Oh, aren't you sweet," she said as if he'd served up a winning pick-up line.'

LOL...Have you used that line after hours, Proseuctor?

8:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Patrick , was she a blond. You know the one.......

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thoughts and prayers for Jane Hamsher at FDL.

8:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She was very quick, saying with a southern inflection, “Oh, aren’t you sweet!”

isn't he

8:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The defense faces a key challenge in picking a jury for this highly political case in a city where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans more than 9-to-1."

Hmmm..this explains it! LOL

8:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just bet Fitz could win over any woman...if he wanted to. :)

8:24 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

I hope none of the people on this blog sight we're surprised about the respect Fitz showed the lady about having young children. If you were surprised then you don't know Patrick J. Fitzgerald.
Now to Libby wearing an ethnic tie. What's next dread locks and a receipt for collard greens. That is sad that anyone would think that it would work in this day and time.
I was looking to see if there were any pictures of the Little Angel today. I only saw pictures of Libby and his team.

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

None at all, Miss Jackie. We are just teasing him. Most women with college age kids will see through the bull comments, this woman will respect Mr. Fitz's word from here on. She took his comment in the spirit it was given.

This woman because of the college kids is exactly the juror we need, IMO.

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was looking to see if there were any pictures of the Little Angel today.
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Jackie:

Yeah, I was looking too...none yet but maybe we'll see something tomorrow?

8:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh and btw...that's a funny photo of Scooter on HuffPo! LMAO

8:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheney'sphoto will probably be in the media too!

hehe

8:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be prepared, I watched the news during the night yesterday. They had on about the leak case, showed everyone BUT Mr. Fitz. They have their Republican hack "experts" giving their opinions. Said nothing will become of this trial nor the Wilsons' civil suit either. Andrew Cohen? was the hack.

Outwit 'em, Fitz.

Damn MSM jerks.

8:50 PM  
Anonymous t said...

From China View:

The judge presiding the trial of a former top White House aide has tentatively set opening arguments for Jan. 22 in a case that stems from the leak of a CIA agent's name, CNN reported Tuesday.
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Looking forward to opening arguments:-) The best Libby's guys can do is hope to confuse the jury. I'm sure Fitz has the remedy readily available and yes Jackie I would say his traits like that are predictable behavior. But Wells shouldn't count on that hehe

9:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have read a lot of live blogging. All I can say to little Irve is stock up on the bean pie and tell the jurors that chitlins is the bomb!

Ha! Ha!!

But, seriously, Team Irve will have an uphill struggle today's jurors repreats for tomorrow.

9:26 PM  

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