Feb 23, 2007

Sidney, It Is Rude To Point...

I aim.

The prosecutor points at Cheney

"That cloud" was like the sudden appearance of a thunderhead over the proceedings and the administration. In no uncertain terms, in his most public statement, Fitzgerald made clear that he believed that Cheney was the one behind the crime for which he was prosecuting Libby. It was Cheney who was the boss, Cheney who gave the orders, and Cheney to whom Libby was the loyal soldier, and it is Cheney for whom Libby is covering up.

There was more: Fitzgerald on why Cooper was credible and Russert was "a devastating witness", and Libby remembering "Rove's conversation with Novak better than Novak." More: The uniqueness with which the witnesses recalled their conversations with Libby on Plame. And more: The importance of the Wilson matter to him and Cheney. Yet more: Witness after witness recalling Libby's anger, irritation and agitation. "We all know, when you're angry at someone, you remember ... He was angry about Wilson. What Wilson said is that the country got lied into war. One of the people he blamed was the defendant - and the vice president."

For his final words, Fitzgerald transformed Wells' lachrymose closing ("Give him back to me!") into a challenge about the truth and the rule of law. "He stole the truth from the judicial system," Fitzgerald told the jury. "If you return a guilty verdict, you give the truth back." Thus the closing statements ended, first with a whimper and then with a bang. <
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Sidney Blumenthal has been waiting almost five years to use his "Word of the Day" - lachrymose - I am glad I was able to provide him with the who, what, where, when and cry.

6 Comments:

Blogger calamityjane said...

Fitz!

12:39 AM  
Blogger calamityjane said...

Thank you, Mr Fitzgerald, for noticing that Mrs. Plame is a living, breathing individual and for recognizing the consequences that this administration's actions had on her life and career. Unlike Wells, who referred to her as "the wife".
;D

12:49 AM  
Anonymous Valerie Wilson said...

Thank you, Mr. Fitzgerald!

12:52 AM  
Blogger S-Q said...

Fitzgerald told the jury. "If you return a guilty verdict, you give the truth back."

And, surely those words will stay in their minds and help guide them to bring Justice to this case!

12:53 AM  
Anonymous teak said...

Madness! Madness! Madness!

Everyone is in awe of you. Wells is probably still in shock.

"The tired jury leaned forward and hung on your every word, one juror started to answer one of your rhetorical questions before catching herself."

"Pat made it made it human, even for Libby telling his lies." Thank you for clarifying that Ms. Valerie is a person too.

Awesome. Power to the truth and justice. Everyone pray for the jury now.

12:56 AM  
Anonymous Don de Drain said...

Fitz--

I'm glad that you aim. Cheney certainly doesn't!

BTW, I really enjoyed your technique of not verbally stating that you were taking aim at Darth Cheney until the very end of the trial, even though the evidence presented during the trial made clear that you were aiming for Cheney. Very, very effective. Certainly more effective than doing the opposite, i.e., stating something at the very beginning of the trial and then not producing any evidence to support what you said at the beginning. Didn't someone do that during the trial? :>)

1:06 AM  

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