Mar 5, 2007

Walk, Don't Run...

The post from Firedoglake below reminds me of a story I often tell young prosecutors. ;)
“Two U.S. Attorneys, one a very special prosecutor and the other a young and eager legal eagle, are standing on top of Capitol Hill and looking down at a herd of evildoers on Pennsylvania Avenue stretching as far as the eye can see -- all the way to the White House.
Randall says, 'Hey Fitz, what do you say we race down there and convict one of those evildoers?' And Fitz says, 'No, Randy, let's walk down there — and convict them all.'”


It was my impression in the courtroom (and MSNBC confirms, based on courthouse sources) that there are three new separate questions, all about Count 3, the Cooper false statement charge.

At one point, I believe Walton said (and others who heard it confirm that this was their impression as well) that the jury has reached a unanimous decision regarding the fact that Libby lied. Walton had issued some instruction, however, that they need to decide that he lied on October 14th and November 26th dates (both FBI interviews), but now says he should have used the word "or" instead of "and" — i.e., if the jury all agrees that Libby lied on either of these dates, they have reached a unanimous guilty verdict. (The indictment itself says "and.")

However, there seems to be some confusion — do they all agree on one date, or do some agree on one and not the other? Thus the defense and prosecution are arguing about language to use before they present it to the judge.

We only got 5 minutes warning about the hearing. I was standing at the door to the court when the prosecution came barelling down the hall. I pulled open the door and just stood back. In retrospect, I think they knew when they got the question that they had him.

I watched Scooter throughout the proceeding. No smiles now. He seems to have moved off into appeal land. Mrs. Libby was not in the courtroom, but was standing outside the overflow courtroom when we came out into the hall.

We won't know the contents of the questions until tomorrow, but we'll be back in the courtroom at 9:30 am. Looks like we might be getting close.

Talkleft -- New Jury Note


Blogger jan said...

Sigh... That's calming news. Isn't it? ;D

6:11 PM  
Anonymous teak said...


Little Irv! Guilty!

6:15 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Randall says, 'Hey Fitz, what do you say we race down there and convict one of those evildoers?' And Fitz says, 'No, Randy, let's walk down there — and convict them all.'”

Nice Story!

6:18 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

We're getting close sounds good to me!! Get this finished and then go after Darth! :)

6:19 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Randall has done a great job as an important part of the Fitz team. Randall will have to deal with the sharks as the jury gives their guilty conviction. Yes Fitz and the team will stand and speak but that's not enough for the sharks so in comes Randall to deal with the animals.

I read the comments about me and Randall but I believe alot of important people don't get attention they deserve. I'm proud to be his friend. Fitz is of course the Little Angel and the team are the best of the best but Randall is too.

6:20 PM  
Anonymous teak said...

Thank you for all the hard work, Randall. Tell the media to get their act together. Thanks, Team America.

6:46 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

someone posted at fdl:

How could Bushco have EVER allowed someone of hte high calibre as Fitz to touch this case? Like it’s some sort of MAJOR miracle.

James Comey, who is cut from the same cloth as Patrick Fitzgerald, was the Acting Attorney General while Ashcroft was in the hospital recuperating from surgery. He appointed Fitz and gave him plenary powers to follow the trail until it ends.

Without Comey this trial never would have happened.

8:05 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

THANK YOU, James Comey!

8:06 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

Fitzie and Team America ROCKS!!

Rock on Team!!! :D

8:45 PM  
Blogger PrissyPatriot said...

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9:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't wait for Stinky Binky to be found guilty of all 5 counts. Will the prison guard allow Binky his favorite blankie and Gerber baby foods in his prison cell? lol

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon, Stinky Binky will probably wants his little baby cookies too! lmao

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, Fitz should give to Stinky Binky tomorrow the Zwieback Toast (Teething Cookies)! lmao

9:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Teething cookies? lol Will Fitz give Wells something to chew on too? rofl

9:36 PM  
Anonymous John Evans said...

Fitz is the old Bull. He's going to get em all. I love it. Watching these guys burn is long overdue.

9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Will Fitz give Wells something to chew on too?"

A hankie with an onion. lol

Give Wells a discount for acting lessons and a year supply of Bean-O.

9:40 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...


Update: This may be backwards. It now appears from Jane at Firedoglake and Matt Appuzo of the AP, both of whom were in court, that at least one of the jury's latest three questions pertain to Count 3, the false statements charge against Libby, as it pertains to Matt Cooper. From Matt:

Jurors asked whether they could use Libby's grand jury testimony, which was played in court, as evidence that Libby lied during an earlier FBI interview. Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said the answer should be ``yes,'' but Libby's lawyers say one thing is not evidence of the other.
Walton sent jurors home and said he would answer the questions Tuesday.

Teddy Ruxbin played the wrong hand, He should have put the little soldier on the stand. The only evidence thar jurors have to rely on is Irve's voice on the GJ tapes.

9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A hankie with an onion."

Anon, do you want to see Wells crying real tears? lmao

"Give my Scootercar back to me!" lol

Here, Wells, we'll fix you right up, have a bottle of Bean-O! lol

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I certainly don't want want to the lawyer of year leaving his drools. lol

Can't believe Wells gave that bad closing argument because he had gas. Should have taken Bean-O.

9:57 PM  
Anonymous punchdrunkwaiting said...

Will Wells cry more crocodile tears when it comes back guilty on all five counts. He will know for sure Scooters liberty fund will run out quickly when they have to defend all the rest. Party on DOJ civil soldiers, I tip ya me glass;-)

10:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Jeffress get mad at Wells because he didn't take Bean-O? lol

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scooters liberty fund? No, Anon, it's Scooter piggy bank fund. lol

"Did Jeffress get mad at Wells because he didn't take Bean-O?"

Jeffress got bad because there only one Bean-O pill left. What happen to the word "share?' lmao

10:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scootercar binky's piggy bank fund! lol

10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I might have to borrow loose change from Scootercar binky's piggy bank. I want a candy bar! lol

10:25 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Well, I see the Anons are running loose on the blog with entertainment for the evening.

Good luck Fitz tomorrow. Good night! Biloximan out!

10:27 PM  
Blogger PrissyPatriot said...

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10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon, will you share that loose change with me? I want a candy bar too, or at least a piece of bubble gum! lmao

10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe slingbalde will share his taters with me tonight? lmao

10:44 PM  
Anonymous teak said...

"In the Libby trial, the jury asked to clarify whether they must conclude that it would not be "humanly possible" for Libby to forget certain conversations in order to convict him; Hard to Imagine It's Humanly Possible to Out a CIA Agent, But It Is 3/6 "

Buzzflash headline,;_ylt=AiKYj1ih3Tn6_lhT76pE2PKs0NUE

11:03 PM  
Anonymous he's on the highway to hell said...

or is it Paraguay?

Bush reaches out to Latin America

WASHINGTON — President Bush said Monday that the United States will help the working poor of Latin America as part of a plan meant to show the region it has not been forgotten by the United States

11:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Copying Chavez?

11:06 PM  
Blogger calamityjane said...

We are near a verdict? Maybe a conviction? This is like getting rescued off of Gilligan's Isle. ( ;

11:08 PM  
Blogger calamityjane said...

If Bush "helps" the working poor of Latin America the way he has helped the working poor of the U.S., those people are toast.

11:12 PM  
Anonymous neocons on the highway to hell said...

Copying Chavez?


11:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:05 AM  
Blogger KittyBowTie said...

What a crisp black suit with a fabulous pin stripe red tie on the FDL picture--a simply smashing ensemble.

Years ago, the veterans' health care system was horrible in the late 1980s. I do recall extensive improvements made under the Clinton administration. It seems the quality slipped again. Hmmm, vets suffered more with health care under Republicans. That separates the rhetoric from reality very quickly.

12:19 AM  
Blogger KittyBowTie said...

I hope someone tells W that most folks in Latin America speak Spanish (except for Brazil, which is mostly Portuguese) before he pulls another Dan Quayle.

12:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Anon, will you share that loose change with me? I want a candy bar too, or at least a piece of bubble gum!"

Anon, we can share a Twix candy bar. It's very annoying when binky takes the last Twix candy car from the vending machine. Twix! lol

1:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enough of this and on to the next. So many crooked public officials and so little time...

How about this deal known as the "Corrupt Bastards Caucus." Can you beat 79 convicted in the Gov. Ryan case?

CBC's investigation is expanding into all sorts of industries.

5:22 AM  
Blogger anthony said...

Photo Suggests Building 7 Fires Staged?

Prison Planet
Monday, March 5, 2007

Editor of and TV visual effects specialist Michael Rivero saw the Building 7 photo we posted in our earlier article and had some interesting comments about the small fires seen in the image.

7:01 AM  
Blogger anthony said...

Impeach Bush! End the War Now!March on the Pentagon, March 17

7:18 AM  
Blogger anthony said...


April 28

Nationwide Day of Protest
Demanding Impeachment

7:28 AM  
Anonymous hesikastor said...

Walk, don't run. A fine metaphor, and memorable.

Fable, or parable? Parable is more dignified. Resonates with "set a sprat to catch a mackerel." (I think that's mine...?)

8:05 AM  
Blogger jan said...

MSNBC says the jury is"dressed up"!

9:17 AM  
Blogger anthony said...


On the question of jury’s dress–yes, MSNBC says they’re dressed up. But remember, they may well have expected they’d be dragged into the court room to get an instruction on this question. Last time they were brought into the court room, they were reluctant about it because they were wearing their grungies.

10:12 AM  
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10:56 AM  

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