Feb 26, 2007

High Stakes - No News Is Good News...

And then there were 11...
Walton: One juror has now been dismissed based upon the knowledge of her part that she did have information based on this case. It wasn't intentional, but what she had exposure to disqualifies her from further deliberations of this case, so I need to know what counsel's position is as to how to proceed.
Libby jurors questioned about media exposure

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorneys and a federal judge began questioning each juror in the CIA leak trial Monday after one juror apparently saw or read something about the case over the weekend.

U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton has ordered jurors to avoid contact with media coverage of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's monthlong trial. He said Monday that one juror was exposed to information about the trial over the weekend.

Jurors occasionally saw some news coverage during the monthlong trial. Unlike those incidents, Walton said Monday that he worried that the information may have been passed to several jurors. He said each juror would be questioned behind closed doors.

The decision came as jurors began their fourth day of deliberations in the case and raised the possibility of a mistrial if jurors had been prejudiced in the highly publicized and politically charged case.

Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, is accused of lying and obstructing the investigation into the 2003 leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity.

The eight women and four men began deliberations late Wednesday morning and have issued only two brief written notes, which suggested they are methodically reviewing the evidence against the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.

They requested a large flip chart, masking tape, Post-it notes and a document with pictures of the witnesses.

Libby and his lawyers have remained in or around the downtown courthouse throughout the deliberations. U.S.

District Judge Reggie B. Walton has told everyone to be on a 15-minute notice to be back in the courtroom in case of a verdict.

"The juror who was dismissed was the art curator who wouldn't wear red on Valentine's day. Wells is reportedly quite happy with the results, and we hear Mr. Fitzgerald came as close to losing that poker face as he has — he was evidently quite pissed. "

I was pissed because I had a full house and Randall was all in!

48 Comments:

Blogger Quzi said...

Judge Reggie,

Pleeeeaaazzzz -- Sequester the jurors. Kick the juror out that brought the info in and put an alternate on...

10:43 AM  
Anonymous e said...

just ploy after ploy..

10:46 AM  
Anonymous naschkatze said...

That won't work quzi--the entire jury has been tainted. Jeez, they couldn't see this coming?

10:48 AM  
Blogger Quzi said...

e,

I'm sure some of these sleaze pundits have been intentionally trying to taint the jurors!

I only hope that they can save this trial.

Naschkatze,

We dont' know if the entire jury was tainted yet...and media exposure happens in a lot of cases -- the judge needs more facts to make a decision...

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My thought throughout was that it would be a good idea to sequester the jury. No deed too dirty for the Libby crowd. I am praying that the jury can move forward to a verdict.

10:53 AM  
Anonymous naschkatze said...

Yes, the jury should have been sequestered from the beginning.

I hope you're right quzi, but I read on FDL that whatever this one juror learned, he or she shared it with the entire jury. What I'm wondering is, this event must have happened over the weekend because everything seemed alright on Friday when they adjourned. All we can hope for is that it was something the judge will decide was insignificant.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Quzi said...

OMG -- the latest is -- the juror is dismissed -- woman who was art curator -- ALSO -- the one who refused to wear the read t-shirt on Valentines Day

So the parties agreed to go further with only 11 jurors. MSBC reported that Fitzie wanted 12 -- picking an alternate and that would have meant starting all over...

11:10 AM  
Blogger Quzi said...

Schuster on MSNBC reported that the entire jury was NOT tainted, but I have no details...

11:11 AM  
Blogger S-Q said...

CNN is reporting the 11 Jurors will proceed with deliberations! Instead of starting over.. :)

11:19 AM  
Blogger patriot girl said...

Good morning everyone.

Walton says the other jurors weren't tainted:

Walton: "Don't think there is any reason to believe this jury was irresponsible — info from juror did not taint the others."

... and here's what he said regarding the 11 jurors:

Walton: "The law does now allow you to continue your deliberations with 11 jururs, so that's what I'm going to do. Let me just ask if all of you have kept yourself isolated from any information about this case — if that is so, raise your hand. Okay, everybody raised their hand saying they have not had any outside information, and I ask that you continue to do that. It is imperative — you must decide this case based only on what you heard in this courtroom. With that I ask that you go back and proceed with your deliberations. Thank you."

11:44 AM  
Blogger jan said...

GEEEEESSSHHHH! I'm going to have a heart attack before this things done. I didn't expect to wake up to this :O

I guess I'll just keep praying.....

11:44 AM  
Anonymous slingblade said...

Ya all otter put me on that thar juree cuz i don'y pay no mind to all thesen dang words here. i jest come to look at them 4 boobies up yonder.

11:48 AM  
Anonymous teak said...

Watch this juror start yakking to the press. I hope that doesn't happen.

This won't cause any problems down the road if Scooter is found guilty running with 11 jurors, will it?

11:51 AM  
Blogger S-Q said...

Rumor has it...the Juror that was dismissed read a Toesuck article...@!%!#?

Slingblade:

We're honored with your presence, even if it is to look at the pictures! Now put yer crayons down and read the comments! LOLMAO

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well...The best thing to do is remain in the hear and now. If more jurors are tainted, like how could they not be...Go with the flow. This trial has exposed Bush & Co. for what they really are and if need be...another trial another day. All options are on the card table.

G: on 52K aargh

11:59 AM  
Anonymous naschkatze said...

Whew!

12:02 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

FITZ!! :)

12:04 PM  
Blogger Mrs. X said...

Good Afternoon to you all,

Congratulations to Al Gore winning the Oscars last night. I have to get his DVD documentary. Darn, I missed last night who won for the best picture. I fell asleep. The show was too long for me to stay awake. I hope today is the day the jurors have a verdict. Everyone have a good day. Lunch time for me.

12:12 PM  
Blogger patriot girl said...

Louis Farrakhan gave a truly great and poignant speech Sunday.

Farewell Farrakhan

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.perrspectives.com/resources/documents.htm#plame

12:18 PM  
Blogger jan said...

I wonder how SPB's bath was ;P

12:54 PM  
Blogger anthony said...

If scooter is convicted, they'll probably appeal on the basis of a tainted jury. So, here we go again.

If I was libby, I'd be optimistic.

1:08 PM  
Anonymous PPP said...

Wells is Crying In The Rain

1:16 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening folks!

Happy Monday!

Congratulations to Al Gore for winning the Oscars and to me for winning the bet last night. No, Jan, not yet. I haven't claim my "prize" yet from her! I will claim my prize after the verdict. She knows that. Did I tell you that I get a massage with this prize? LOL!

It was just a friendly bet we both had. But, I am looking forward to that bath and my toes being done. Ah, what a life! Ha Ha!

Anyhoo, I heard about the updated news about the juror being dismissed. Now, we are dealing with 11 jurors. Damn, Libby and the defense team. I just hope that the jurors make a decision this week. I am sure that the Libby's fanclub called journalists are working overtime to taint the jurors.

Jan,

You know I am not going to tell the bloggers all the juicy details on how my "bath" was. ;P

And we are back with the word verfication crapola again?

1:17 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Oh, I say this comment from an Anon:

"Wells: Give Oscar back! Just give him back to me!"

LOL!

Did you hear of the new documentary that will hit the theatres this year starting Teddy Wells? It is called the "Wells: Give Oscar back! Just give him back to me!"

*lol*

Teddy Wells in the bast actor catagory in the documentary movie the Inconvienant Cry. Coming to a theatre near you..

1:24 PM  
Blogger Quzi said...

SPB,

Congratulations on the bath...it's been awhile huh? LOL No need to share the details, but we are happy for you nonetheless...;)


"And we are back with the word verfication crapola again?"

Warning: You might want to skip that glass of wine before trying to logon...LMAO

1:25 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

Mrs. X:

"The Departed" won Best Picture at the Oscars. Great film!! :)

SPB:

I'm glad you won your bubble bath! Massages are nice and especially when you get your toes done. Be sure to have some champagne and strawberries with chocolate too! :)

1:39 PM  
Blogger PrissyPatriot said...

Do you guys think it maybe it was the only libby fan in the lot who got tossed? maybe she read clarices article haha

1:46 PM  
Blogger anthony said...

I reckon the juror accessed that Bush Crime Family Flow Chart on this blogsite.

Fitz has really blown it now!

1:52 PM  
Blogger anthony said...

"The Departed" won Best Picture at the Oscars. Great film!!

Yes, starring Ronald Rumsfeld!

1:53 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

The juror who was tossed seem to be an outsider anyway. Most jurors learn to respect each other while working together. The T-shirt told what was going on. Now Wells could use the tossing of one juror on his appeal but the appeal court would also hear what response he had and if he agreed with the order. Now it's down to business again.

1:55 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Let's hope "The Departed" movie are starring the Gerbil, Ambien, and Tubby McTreason Rove because all three need to be removed from office.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Also, you have to expect for Libby to do damage control to win over the jurors. And notice how much of the pro-Libby journalists were spreading the love for Libby over the weekend. Libby may be a smurf but he is not stupid. His defense team will go all they can to taint the jurors. I just hope the remaining jurors are not tainted.

2:02 PM  
Blogger PrissyPatriot said...

OUR COUNTRY - WITH HOPE U tube 4 minutes of protest in Washington DC by four female documentary photographers

The Dad sitting in the metro train is a Military Families Speak Out active member from CA. His son is a marine who recently returned from Iraq.

Anthony that was funny Bush crime flow chart. The JB operating this site should never live it down saying we were "out there" on that info hehe;-D

The McTreasonists, SPB heehee

2:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope SPB's bath was satisfactory...

;)

2:09 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

"The juror who was dismissed was the art curator who wouldn't wear red on Valentine's day."



YAY!!!!!!!

I am jubilant!

2:14 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

Prissy:

Thank you for the video! :)

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God" (Matthew 5:9)


I was so proud of Al Gore on the Oscars last night. He is a great man working for Humanity! :)

2:16 PM  
Blogger drlisa66 said...

Hiya: I've been lurking around here for ages (and loving it), but I really must comment on this new development. What was she thinking? Is it possible that she just wanted off the panel? Maybe she is the only ScooterFan, and felt outnumbered?

2:20 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

"I hope SPB's bath was satisfactory..."

;)

Hey, who is that Anon person? LOL! And why is that person so interesting in my bath? Do you want to do my toes too? I feel like George Clooney. I wish I had George Clooney's looks.

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry SPB I don't do feet. I do backs however...


LOL!


Sorry you don't look like George Clooney. Do you look like Brad Pitt?

2:43 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

SPB:

Now, George Clooney is a very handsome man but does he have a good sense of humor like you? Besides, looks don't make the person inside! :) My Grandmother used to say to me, "Pretty is as Pretty does."

2:46 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

"Sorry SPB I don't do feet. I do backs however..."

I hope you don't look like a Sumo wrestler! LOL!

Brad Pitt? No! More like Harrison Ford. That is what my gf says. Or maybe she said that when I hand over my credit card to her.

S-Q:

I just joking about Clooney. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SPB for your information I look like Catherine Zeta Jones.



Harrison Ford is yummy....

3:23 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

SPB:

I agree, beauty is in the eyes of beholder. A person's brain, heart and soul are what counts! But, being cute doesn't hurt either..hehe :)

3:25 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

"SPB for your information I look like Catherine Zeta Jones."

You do? LOL! Catherine Zeta Jones is hot! I certainly wouldn't get any work done with a woman like that!

"But, being cute doesn't hurt either"

That was in high school and college days. At my age, I look for intelligence. There some women that I encountered are cute and attactive but the intelligence are zero.

4:40 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

SPB:

The same goes for men..some are handsome but are totally ignorant and no sense of humor at all! Plus, some have huge egos...and you know who I'm talking about! LOL

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some men are such MIMBOS!!!

8:12 PM  
Blogger calamityjane said...

MIMBOS.. good one. LOL. Never heard that before. Vewy twue..hehe.

11:20 PM  

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