Trial of Scooter Libby

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The following are external links related to the trial of Scooter Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney who "allegedly committed perjury before a federal grand jury when he testified" about how he learned that Valerie Plame, the wife of Joseph Wilson, a Bush administration and Iraq War critic, worked for the Central Intelligence Agency. [1]

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Summary

"Libby told the grand jury it was NBC News's Tim Russert, host of Meet the Press, who told him about Valerie Plame, the wife of Joseph Wilson," Frank James wrote February 9, 2007, in the Chicago Tribune.

"Wilson was one of the Bush Administration's most high-profile critics after the start of the Iraq War, accusing the Bush Administration of misusing intelligence to launch the war.

"But Russert testified that was untrue. And a string of other witnesses, including former New York Times journalist Judith Miller, said it was Libby who told them Wilson's wife was at the CIA.

"The only strategy that appears left to the defense is to convince the jury that Libby had faulty recall because of his superheated schedule as a top White House official," James wrote. "But that's going to be a hard sell."

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who has prosecuted Libby's case, "has '"methodically constructed a wall of witnesses who all testified to what a significant issue Plame and her husband were,' said Henry E. Hockeimer Jr., a Philadelphia lawyer and former federal prosecutor. 'It's going to be hard for the jury to believe Libby simply was too busy at the time of his grand jury testimony to remember his conversations'," Greg Miller and Richard B. Schmitt wrote in the Los Angeles Times.

Guilty on four of five counts

Libby was convicted Tuesday, March 6, 2007, on one count of obstruction, two counts of perjury, and one count of lying to the FBI and was acquitted of one count of lying to the FBI.

"The verdict came on the 10th day of deliberations by a panel of seven women and four men. The announcement was made by Randall Samborn, a spokesman for special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. It was read in the courtroom where jurors heard 19 witnesses during the five-week trial.

"Libby is the only person charged in the case, which grew out of an investigation into the 2003 leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity." [2]

Legal case

Libby Legal Defense Trust

The URL for the Libby Legal Defense Trust is SCOOTERLIBBY.COM.

The domain name SCOOTERLIBBY.COM was registered December 19, 2005, to Annulet, Inc. (Annulet.com), with Blank Rome LLP / Barbara Comstock in Washington, D.C., as owner, administrative, and technical contacts.[1]

The list of Trust Advisory Committee Members can be accessed here.

Weblogs

Trial live blogging

January 22, 2007

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January 23, 2007

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January 24, 2007

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January 25, 2007

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January 29, 2007

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January 30, 2007

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January 31, 2007

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February 1, 2007

  • Marcy Wheeler (emptywheel), Firedoglake:
  • Swopa, Firedoglake:
  • "FBI Agent Bond": Part Five.

February 5, 2007

  • Swopa, Firedoglake:

February 6, 2007

  • Swopa, Firedoglake: "Libby Grand Jury Testimony" Parts Two, Three, Four, and Five.

February 7, 2007

  • Swopa, Firedoglake:

February 8, 2007

February 12, 2007

  • Marcy Wheeler (emptywheel), "Libby Live", Firedoglake:

February 13, 2007

  • Marcy Wheeler (emptywheel), "Libby Live", Firedoglake:

February 14, 2007

  • Marcy Wheeler (emptywheel), "Libby Live", Firedoglake:

February 15, 2007

  • Marcy Wheeler (emptywheel), "Libby Live", Firedoglake:

February 20, 2007

  • Jeralyn Merritt, The Huffington Post:
  • Marcy Wheeler (emptywheel), "Libby Live", Firedoglake:

Continuing coverage

Video

Resources and articles

References

  1. WHOIS search conducted July 5, 2007.

External articles

2006

January 2007

February 2007

March 2007

June 2007

Pre-sentencing
Live blogging during sentencing
Post-sentencing

July 2007

  • Christy Hardin Smith, Firedoglake Blog, July 2, 2007: