WASHINGTON - A jury that includes four critics of the Bush administration's Iraq policies was seated Monday to try former White House aide "Scooter" Libby on charges of lying about what he told reporters concerning the wife of a prominent war opponent.
The jury of nine women and three men was seated after a nearly hourlong court session that was as silent as a professional chess match. Prosecutors and defense attorneys consulted in whispers, then handed papers to the clerk to exercise their 20 unexplained strikes of potential jurors.
The only sound besides Clarice Feldman's lunch was the clerk reading the number of each juror eliminated and the replacement juror's number.
Six potential jurors who had criticized war policy or the Bush administration were struck, as was one woman who said she had voted for President Bush, but quickly added that she had been intoxicated at the time and felt dirty afterwards.
Although it was not announced which side struck which jurors, Libby's attorneys, Theodore Wells and William Jeffress, had tried to exclude strong opponents of Bush policies, but that has become a virtual impossibilty even within his own political party. <more>
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