Jan 25, 2007

Scru·pu·li·cious..!

not to be confused with scrupulosity.

Libby Live: Craig Schmall, Two

Walton. I don't want to lose half of a day. You have a right to review the notes. Do we have another witness we can call.
Fitz. So we're clear they've had copies of this for a year. "When you have three firms and eleven lawyers on the other side, Paper comes flying at us."
Wells. We asked for the originals bc you can't read the copies.
Walton. Are the originals more legible.
Wells. Oh YEAH!!
Fitz. That's a bit of spin. The notion that they were sitting around for a year with illegible copies.
Walton. He's saying as an officer of the court that he cannot read. If he's lying I'll punish him for it. If it's a lie, I'll punish him for it.
Wells. We started asking Saturday. There are multiple emails.
Walton. All I can say is to look at the originals and the copies to see who is right. If he's going to say he couldn't read them, I won't question that. You have been one of the most scrupulous prosecutors before me.
Fitz If they're illegible I don't have a problem giving him time. I just don't want the record to reflect that we've been sitting on these. <more>
Government copiers - Windex or KINKOS..choose ;)

22 Comments:

Anonymous Marion the librarian said...

scru·pu·lous –adjective 1. having scruples; having or showing a strict regard for what one considers right; principled.
2. punctiliously or minutely careful, precise, or exact: a scrupulous performance.

scru·pu·lous·ness, noun
scru·pu·lous·ly, adverb

—Synonyms 1. conscientious, cautious, careful, circumspect. 2. exacting, rigorous. Scrupulous, punctilious imply abiding exactly by rules. Scrupulous implies conscientious carefulness in attending to details: scrupulous attention to details. Punctilious suggests strictness, preciseness, and rigidity, esp. in observance of social conventions.
—Antonyms 2. careless.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening folks!

It's Thursday! Busy day for me. Read on Schmall's testimony. And Cathie Martin is up to bat. The defense really tried to discredit Schmall and trying to pull the rabbit out of the hat to try to not get Libby on the stand. Good luck trying to discedit every government witness and claim that they have a faulty memory when the witnesses are not the one on trial.

12:10 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

You're doing great Fitzie! Trying to keep up at FDL and work too. Multitasking is an art not a science. LOL

bbl

12:25 PM  
Anonymous t said...

Good Afternoon,

I wanna see some more fireworks in that trial heehee

As for wells and libby all they've got is what Granny calls "hemming and hawing" lol

bbl

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fitz: "That's a bit of spin. The notion that they were sitting around for a year with illegible copies."

Yeah, Fitz...tell it like it is! They are good at spinning everything! Good for you Fitz! :)

12:51 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

Jackie,

I saw that Mississippi case you were referring to yesterday. How incredible is that some type of justice was served after 43 years! Moore's brother is a hero for not giving up on his brother's case after all of these years. The FBI did a great job too. It's too bad they can't charge Seale with murder, but at least they are charging him with kidnapping.

12:51 PM  
Anonymous sister mary elephant says said...

not everyone benefits by quaking in their boots over how horrible these sins are. there is a good fear and guilt that allows us to reject the bad and accept the good. and there is a bad fear and guilt that just paralyzes us into despondency, allowing the devil to what he wishes with us. the Church has a name for this condition, it's called "scruplosity"

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fitz. That's a bit of spin. The notion that they were sitting around for a year with illegible copies.



I think I would have used a stronger word than "spin!"

1:50 PM  
Anonymous mary poppins said...

supercalifragilisticexpiscrupulicios

1:50 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Now know one on this blog should be surprised by this statement by Judge Walton:
You have been one of the most scrupulous prosecutors before me

That statement clears up the question why the criminals and their lawyers are so scared. Yes the little angel is scrupulous but he's also one of the nicest man you'll know. He has great qualities and honest and truth. It's the criminals that have to watch out. I don't think Wells the current Attorney of the Year was pleased with the Judges comment about my little angel. Watch out for more surprises by the Fitz team it's not over til the fat lady sings. Yes she has already sang that Libby is guilty of lying it's the rest of the cover up story she will sing about.

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marion the librarian said...

scru·pu·lous –adjective

1. having scruples; having or showing a strict regard for what one considers right; principled.

2. punctiliously or minutely careful, precise, or exact: a scrupulous performance.



Now this is one thing that ticks me off.

When words have more than one meaning, and those meanings are very different from each other!
It's just plain confusing.

Whose idea was that, I'd like to know??




scrupulous/unscrupulous lawyers, maybe .......

1:54 PM  
Blogger Nan said...

Good ol' Irish Catholic values and work ethic in any case. ;-)

Could the DOJ public servants please advocate for a single audio feed next trial? The liveblogging is fab but I think whoever suggested productivity is going to be down this trial was on the money. We could at least get SOMETHING done if we didn't have to keep refreshing FDL every 15 minutes! ;-)

Thanks, Quzi for the heads-up elsewhere about Martin's testimony. I caught today's schedule last night. Here's how James Joyner characterized her testimony around lunchtime:

Joyner - "Libby Trial: Cathie Martin’s Testimony Damaging"

Back to it here...

Nan

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Pat Fitz said...

Is it lunchtime yet ?

2:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm back from a very long meeting today. Back on the computer. Interesting testimony by Cathie Martin:

Hmmm...

Published on board.
1. Not clear who authorized travel
2. Did not travel at my request
3. Apparently unpaid
4. Never saw document allegedly trying to verify
5. He was convinced Niger could not have provided uranium to Iraq but in fact they did in 1980s 200 tons under IAEA seal
6. No written report
7. VP unaware of trip, conclusions, until Spring 03
8. As late as October considered judgment was that SH [Saddam Hussein] had indeed undertaken vigorous effort to acquire uranium from Africa–according to NIE.
There's a question mark in the margin, Fitz asks, did he dictate question mark.
Martin: I didn't know if I could use that (#8) because it was classified.


Oh oh!

And it gets better:

Fitz: What's different about text?
Martin: I completed the sentences. Cleaned them up. Under the second bullet–those are the bullets that I had sent to Ari Fleischer, our basic talking points. WRT rest of typed documnets. completing sentences. Crossed out "as late as October" and wrote in Libby's handwriting "6 months after his." Wilson 3 points: #3-1999. (looks like 1991). New last bullet says, "Six months after the Joe Wilson trip."
Shows an updated version of these talking points, with the words changed to "Six months after the Joe Wilson trip."
Martin: 523 is the final product with the changes that were made.


And she goes on to say that she felt uncomfortable of giving info that was classified. And Scooter's says that he was too busy. Too busy enough for Martin to update the version of that text from Scooter's input.

Fitz: You mentioned you had a conversation with Harlow. Can you describe what you did following that phone call.

Martin: Going to VP to give an update, it was an unscheduled visit, talked to VP and Scooter, I wasn't getting any calls directly, Mitchell and Martin doing pieces for Evening News. Discussed with them should we try to talk to them and make sure they don't repeat the things we think are false. Should we make sure we're part of the story. General consensus was "yes" and Scooter would call them back. And Libby would call them back. VP made the decision to have Scooter call them back. Went into VP ante-office, Scooter has a little office there. Scooter called one of the reporters, I was there for the portion of one of the calls. I believe this was July 8. I left, I had a lot of phone calls I still needed to return. I was still not certain about NIE and was a little uncomfortable talking about the NIE and I was aggravated that Scooter that I was calling reporters and I wasn't.

She shrugs, looks really uncomfortable, looks from side to side.


I assumed Marcy meant "Scooter wasn't." If that was Marcy meant, then Scooter was having Martin do his dirty work of leaking classified NIE to the reporters. Martin was uncomfortable and felt the NIE should be declassified.

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Pat Fitz said...

So can we all eat now?

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eleven lawyers and 3 law firms, now we know why the rich and elite have gotten away with so much corruption and evil for so long.

And along came Team America...

Oh, how I wish the jurors could have heard the judge say this about Scooter's defensive line up. The jurors could not help but compare this to reality.

2:29 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

SPB you should use the following statement in your article:

Eleven lawyers and 3 law firms to try to get a guilty man off/ Fitz team to get him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt priceless.

yes Libby has alot of lawyers but he gave them nothing to work with. His lie is a fact and his excuse are more lies. Now this trial is showing Americans the corruption and lies that the White House has done for 6 years. I know the world leaders are watching this.

2:56 PM  
Anonymous mrs. ed said...

supercalifragilisticexpiobiloxi,

even though the sound it of sounds something rather poxi,

he wants everyone lapping at his feeeeet,

and all they want to do is have something to eat !

5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"supercalifragilisticexpiobiloxi,"

Thank you Mary Poppins..

;-)


"Eleven lawyers and 3 law firms to try to get a guilty man off/ Fitz team to get him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt priceless."

I like your headline, Jackie!

:D

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You may officially swell with pride, Mr. Fitzgerald.

A scrupulous prosecutor.. huh, who'da ever thunk it? ;) Kidding.

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GEF also known as Mary Poppins aka The Grinch...

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GEF is far from Mary Poppins or the Grinch!!

10:41 PM  

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