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Day six

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Last evening we were notified that the jury had sent out a note with a question. This was the scene this morning as everyone waited in the hallway for the courtroom to be opened at the conclusion of an unrelated, sealed matter.

The questioned was about count three, concerning a conversation Libby had with Matt Cooper, but before the judge could reply the jury said never mind.

Washington Post story here.

Day five jury deliberations

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As the jury deliberates behind closed doors reporters, lawyers, friends and the curious paced the sixth floor hallway.  I saw Libby framed in the doorway to the sunny new courthouse annex talking on his cell-phone.

Former Rep. Ney chief of staff pleads guilty

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William Heaton, one-time chief of staff to Congressman Bob Ney, plead guilty before U.S.District Judge Ellen S. Huvelle today. In the above sketch Heaton is second from left, taking the oath; his attorney, John Nassikas, is standing next to him.

NBC’s Joel Seidman has the story here.

Libby juror dismissed

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The Libby jury is now down to eleven not too angry men and women after one of the jurors was exposed, innocently the judge said, to outside information.

The dismissed juror, described by some as the haughty Grand Dame, is a retired curator of prints and drawings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a patrician manner and a peculiarity of speech where she slowly, enunciates, every, word, she, utters. She was also the sole juror who did not don a red, heart emblazoned tee-shirt for Valentine’s day.

The feeling among the court watchers is that deliberations may move along more expeditiously now that she is gone.

Washington Post story here.