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Peter Zeidenberg, a Justice Department prosecutor, is to begin the summation case for the government. He will be followed by Theodore V. Wells Jr., Mr. Libby’s chief defense lawyer. As is customary in federal criminal trials, the prosecutors will have the last word, and it will be by Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the chief prosecutor. Each side will have a total of three hours.
While there are numerous lawyers on both sides, it is Mr. Wells and Mr. Fitzgerald who have emerged as the leading adversaries. They have argued dozens of legal issues before Judge Reggie B. Walton, politely jostled each other at the lectern and less politely complained about each other’s tactics.
The stakes are obvious for Mr. Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, who faces five felony charges for allegedly lying during an investigation of who leaked to reporters the name of a C.I.A. operative, Valerie Wilson. But there are significant stakes as well for Mr. Wells and Mr. Fitzgerald. <more>