Jan 22, 2007

Runaway Jury..?

Jury Picked -- Includes Retired 'Tabloid' Reporter

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. <
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Blogger calamityjane said...

I think most of the people who voted for Bush were intoxicated at the time. Most of them drank that funny koolaid.:D)

Fitz,
If you do half as well in your opening statement tomorrow as you did at the Libby press conference, you will be awesome.Still praying for Team America .

11:11 PM  
Blogger c said...

It certainly is an interesting jury that has been chosen. Positive thoughts and prayers for you Fitz, and all your team. Hope tomorrow is a really good day and thank you and Team America for all you do for our country.

11:20 PM  
Anonymous teak said...

Oh my gawd, I started to pee... LMAO @ drunk at the time and dirty afterwards.

11:21 PM  
Anonymous Don de Drain said...

Best of luck, Fitz. And may Justice prevail.

11:32 PM  
Anonymous t said...

CJ is right Fitz. Your Libby press conference was excellent bar none. You know prayers will be with you:-)

Even though it was long-it needed to be, it was not boring in the way you were telling a story and why it was important especially those in positions of great power effecting millions of lives to tell the truth. They simply have too much control in their capacity to not be people we can't trust.

Deterrence was supposed to be a part of the CJ system in America-how can we deter others from doing such harm to national security when those supposedly creating such policies put it at risk for nothing more dishonest ideology-"creating reality"? yeah right



Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.--Philip K. Dick

11:33 PM  
Anonymous t said...

haha but quickly added that she had been intoxicated at the time and felt dirty afterwards.
E&P didn't say that heehee bad boy


Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald plans to speak for an hour; Wells estimated he'll talk for two hours. wells likes to hear himself, his poor wife ;-D and he's not dedicated to public service ha

Told ya, he's going to bore the pants off of them...people PhD or not (who like to often talk more than listen anyway) they tune out after an hour. Smart move yet again, Fitz and I can tell you this from teaching adults of various educational backgrounds.

G'Night Fitz I hope you get some rest or do you get too keyed up to sleep when you have a trial;-)

11:41 PM  
Anonymous teak said...

What the hell is Wells going to do for 2 hours? Give the jurors a memory test?

http://www.paulweiss.com/lawyers/
detail.aspx?attorney=377

In addition to defending a number of political figures, Mr. Wells has also represented numerous corporate executives and corporations in jury trials, grand jury investigations and before the SEC.

More specifically, he has defended:

* financier Michael Milken in various criminal and civil securities litigations;

* financier Michael Steinhardt in the Salomon Brothers Treasury Investigation;

* hedge fund manager James Regan in the first Wall Street RICO prosecution in U.S. v. Regan;

* Carnival Corporation in U.S. v. Carnival Corporation (environmental prosecution);

* Exxon Mobil Corporation in U.S. v. Exxon (environmental prosecution); and

* investment banker Frank Quattrone in the negotiation of his deferred prosecution agreement. Plus..

Monsanto, he defended them? Scum.

No wonder he is slicked up so much.
Team America--Wisdom, positive energy and thoughts, courage, and plain old go get 'em.

12:14 AM  
Anonymous naschkatze said...

If your opening statement is as hilarious as this post, you should win hands down. Are you sure you don't write for The Onion?

12:57 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

We had 26 brave soldiers die in one day as the Iraq military wore US uniforms and killed our men. So for those who support the lies Bush is telling and support sending more troops to die I hope you remember these men. We will see hundreds of our troops killed at a time as they are sitting ducks for the Iraq civil war. Yes those who support are troops are really sending them to die for something they can't control or help.

1:13 AM  

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