My Case "Lacks Emotional Appeal..?"
"White-collar criminal defense lawyers said on Wednesday that Mr. Libby’s lawyers faced an uphill battle, although most cautioned that a criminal trial almost always appeared bleak for a defendant after the prosecution had presented its case, before the defense put on its own evidence.
Some of the lawyers, including those with clients in the case who would not discuss the trial on the record, said Mr. Fitzgerald’s case lacked emotional appeal, but gave the jurors an uncluttered and convincing story of wrongdoing.
Defense efforts to trap prosecution witnesses in contradictions and memory lapses had probably helped Mr. Libby, the lawyers said, although they expressed doubt that the effort had jelled into a plausible explanation of Mr. Libby’s conduct.
Andrew G. McBride, a lawyer in Washington, said that the defense could seek to show that Mr. Libby dealt with a wide array of issues that were more important than responding to an Op-Ed article published in The New York Times on July 6, 2003, by Valerie Wilson’s husband, Joseph C. Wilson IV." <more>
Tomorrow I promise to stomp my feet, clench my fists, pound the table and make my face turn red...in no particular order. ;)