Jan 27, 2007

I Am Fitz Hair Me Roar..!

snippets you won't find in the Washington Post, the New York(er) Times, Vanity Fair or Page Six.
"On day one of the opening statements, I rode up in the elevator that morning with Wells, Jeffress, Scooter and Mrs. Libby. Libby was very courtly, holding the elevator door open so that I could get in without being smacked by a door, saying "Please, you go first." while smiling with his mouth and trying to pull back a bit of the worry in his eyes. I have seen a lot of people on trial over the years, and they are always trying to smile and hide the worry on the advice of counsel. So much of courtroom drama is just that…drama.

Mrs. Libby is quite lovely, dark hair, always wearing a beautiful scarf, trying to stay calm under all of that pressure. Once on the elevator, I got into a conversation with Jeffress about the "math geek" conversations that he, Wells and Fitz had been having with Judge Walton regarding the procedure for jury selection strikes on Monday. Perhaps you have to be a lawyer or a math person to get the hilarity of the discussion on this sort of minutiae, but we had a good laugh about it nonetheless. Jeffress is the sort of trial attorney who is detail oriented and meticulous in his presentations, but who can laugh about the absurdity of the law around the edges — the kind of person with whom I likely would have been chummy had this been my local courthouse on a day to day basis, and it was odd realizing that having covered his representation of Libby for so long. Wells has a much more flamboyant style, he's much more old school trial attorney, and that was never my cup of legal tea — the sort of person who would have been a colleague for me, but not exactly a pal, you know?

Libby spent the rest of the day looking over at me on the press bench and smiling a little, perhaps thinking he'd found a kindred math spirit or something. (Barbara Comstock disabused him of that when she realized who he was looking at…somehow, I don't think I'm her favorite for some reason. Ahem.)

Later that day, Patrick Fitzgerald held the door open for me to re-enter the courtroom after a break. He was a little fumbly with the "no please, you go ahead" in that way that men have when they are either shy or thinking about other things but trying to remember their manners. He is very tall and much more soft spoken in person that I anticipated — must be that Jesuit training — but when he gets annoyed with defense counsel tactics, watch out. That male pattern bald spot of his creeps into a bright pink, as the anger moves up from his neck, and his voice roars out in disgusted indignation. Fitz gets his Irish up very calmly, very matter of factly, and much in the way that you would never want to be the recipient of it, I can tell you that." <


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Fitz gets his Irish up very calmly, very matter of factly, and much in the way that you would never want to be the recipient of it, I can tell you that."

Hehe Calm but never get him angry at you!

11:29 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

A walk through wonderland or OZ. Does anyone really know anyone. Now people are judged by the way they walk, smile, open doors, say you first give me a break. Fitz is a great attorney but because Libby has no defense now we have to hear the tails of who was in the elevator and what was said and what people looked like.
If anyone had some guts why not just ask Fitzgerald " who are you and what are you about" and stop second guessing everyone thing.

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning Fitz and Everyone! :)

Happy Saturday!

Fitz, I'm sure you're working on this case through the weekend but try to get some rest! :)

11:32 AM  
Blogger Patrick J. Fitzgerald said...

If I had a comb over then they would focus on that - shaved, same thing...I am comfortable with myself and bigger than my teeny tiny bald spot. Sheesh! ;)

11:49 AM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

I've been thoroughly glued to FDL this week. They did a great job with transcribing legaleese into understandable verbage for those of us that get lost in it. Good job!

11:56 AM  
Blogger jan said...

I think it's cute that it turns red ;D

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoyed reading Christy's summary of her experiences and impressions. I wish I could be there taking it all in for myself. And, of course Libby has no defense. His lawyers are trying to spin something out of the thin air (thinhair?) I am so grateful for public servants like Patrick Fitzgerald and writers/bloggers like Christy.

12:04 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

Sheesh is right. You go Tiger! LOL

Hey Fitzie,

Now you know what Nancy Pelosi has to put up with from the pundits, Rove's buddies, and the press!

You're one HOT Prosecutor in more ways than one!

12:09 PM  
Anonymous teak said...

"Hair me roar!" LMAO!!

Mr. Fitz, I don't recall seeing any of these bozos commenting on your hair appearing on "the list" in People's Mag.

I rest my case. Plus I used 'the google image' for Shane Scott. Eww.

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a dream last night that Bush and Cheney had been Impeached. There was a huge celebration/party, with all of the Justice Bloggers there. Fitzie was the main Guest Speaker! :D

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You might look interesting shaved, but definitely not a comb over.

Too Donald Trump...


12:48 PM  
Anonymous teak said...


KARBALA, Iraq - Four American soldiers, whom the U.S. military originally reported were killed when unknown gunmen stormed an Iraqi provincial office in Karbala last Saturday, were in fact taken hostage and later executed by their kidnappers, military officials said Friday.
Military officials offered no explanation for why the men originally were reported as having died "repelling the attack." The Pentagon named the men in a news release on Tuesday and said they'd died "from wounds sustained when their patrol was ambushed while conducting dismounted operations.

The Pentagon and the corporate "news" media is blocking the real news from Iraq.

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


WASHINGTON (AP) - A smorgasbord of Washington insider details has emerged during the perjury trial of the vice president's former chief of staff.

For example, when Dick Cheney really needed friends in the news media, his staff was short of phone numbers.

No one served up spicier morsels than Cheney's former top press assistant. Cathie Martin described the craft of media manipulation - under oath and in blunter terms than politicians like to hear in public.

The uses of leaks and exclusives. When to let one's name be used and when to hide in anonymity. Which news medium was seen as more susceptible to control and what timing was most propitious. All candidly described. Even the rating of certain journalists as friends to favor and critics to shun - a faint echo of the enemies list drawn up in Richard Nixon's White House more than 30 years ago. more

1:11 PM  
Anonymous fussbudget said...

Fitz, it could be worse... if you were a woman, your hair and wardrobe would be analyzed to death every single day!

You look swell.

1:17 PM  
Blogger calamityjane said...

Happy Saturday, everyone. :D.

The FDL team is doing an awesome job covering the trial. I really appreciate this post that Christy did about her personal experiences with the Libby team and Fitz. We see a different side of them.

Fitz, and Team America, enjoy your weekend and relax. You all deserve it.
Peace and love to all. BBL

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Tens of Thousands in D.C. Protest War

Is this why the Pentagon chose to have the media show their new fangled crowd control zapper-cooker this week? Like someone said in a comment, what and where do the people in the front run if there are many, many people behind them and to the sides? Didn't they also say at the Pentagon that depleted uranium was safe? Sounds like a FDA case study for Big Pharma, the corporate drug owner controls the studies, results and possibly the FDA.

Be safe, T.

1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It may have its disadvantages to be in the spotlight where people comment on every little detail. However, PJF doesn't pay much attention to that. He knows who he is.

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While holding down a job in which I have been cited to the Department of Education and Skills as one of the best practitioners in my field, when people get sent to me to learn how it’s done, and pursuing various interests and completing a book which was scheduled for publication years ago and write a novel and investigate this that and the other, I have been following, in a desultory and superficial manner, the Libby trial.

(So far, very much on-topic!)

But I’m not a lawyer and it’s happening thousands of miles away and I feel very much out of my depth.

However, a number of things occur to me, and I’d welcome any comments or further elucidation.

It seems to me almost irrelevant whether or not Fitzgerald “wins”.

If he wins and Libby gets sent to jail, then justice will have been served in that one perjurer goes to jail for perjury. But, if Libby gets sent to jail, and others who may have had equal, of not more responsibility, in the leak of Valerie Plame’s name, and who are more powerful in the Bush administration, e.g. Rove and, indeed, Biggus Diccus himself, go free, then justice will not have been served.

If, in the course of this trial, evidence comes out to incriminate The Brain and Biggus Diccus, and they receive inditements, then justice will have been served whatever happens to The Runt in the Dock.

Lastly, it is my understanding that Wells is a Democrat.

Is it coincidental that Libby has chosen a Democrat to defend him? Did he realise he was being set up by the Republican administration and felt that his fate was safer in the hands of a Democrat, hostile to the Bush administration, than those of a Republican loyal to it?

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there a blog, like FDL, except without the desperate-girl comments? Christy is so insecure, it's annoying. The constant *g*'s and the "they like me, they really like me" side comments are distracting what would otherwise be good (not great) coverage. I've known a lot of former prosecutors who would do a far better job of coverage. WHERE ARE THEY??

2:30 PM  
Anonymous Marie said...

anonymous @ 2:30, you might check out TalkLeft (www.talkleft.com); they seem to be pretty tight with FDL, but perhaps their style is different enough to suit you.

3:47 PM  
Anonymous teak said...


A sampling for you, anon.

4:24 PM  
Blogger calamityjane said...

Hi, Anthony.Good to hear from you.

7:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Is that it? I guess that story will make the 6:00 news tonight? And what is it about the media or that person narrating a made for T.V. script about Fitz's bald spot? Libby and Wells has one. So, what is the big deal? More concentration on the case and the attorney's jobs and less on the bald spot, the stain on the shirts, or the unzipped pants.. At least the Fitz said hello and was polite. I get on the elevators at times with guys with a head full of hair, have good cologne, and good attire and are asswipes and rude! Do you think I should tell that on the media?

7:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unzipped pants?

Oh My...

7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fitz would look funny if he had a rug like Ney's. lol

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"That male pattern bald spot of his" etc.

YOU know you're hot!!!


(I would think so, anyway.)

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a bit of a headache from being flipped off today, I'm heading into the kitchen for some tiramisu .....

7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Marie.

Anon @2:30.

10:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Is there a blog, like FDL, except without the desperate-girl comments? Christy is so insecure, it's annoying.


Doesn't seem insecure or annoying to me!

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