Month: February 2007

Day six


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.

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Day five jury deliberations


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.

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Former Rep. Ney chief of staff pleads guilty


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.

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Libby juror dismissed


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.

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Jurors’ have lunch!


Lunch was wheeled in to the jurors at 12:14.

The rest of the story is here.

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Waiting for a verdict


Members of the press covering the “Scooter” Libby trial wait for word from the jury in the Media Room where they can monitor the empty courtroom by closed circuit TV.

Left to right are Joel Seidman and Kelly O’Donnell (standing) from NBC, Paul Courson (seated in background) of CNN, the New York Time’s Neil Lewis (standing) and Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig (seated), James Gordon Meek of the NY Daily News (foreground) and Fred Graham from Court TV.

Washington Post story here.

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Jury deliberating Libby’s fate


This sketch was done this morning while the judge instructed the jury before they began deliberations. Left to right are: Judge Walton’s clerk Brad Brooker, defense attorneys Ted Wells and William Jeffress, and, far right, “Scooter” Libby.

Washington Post story here.


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Closing arguments in Libby trial


In this sketch Libby’s attorney Ted Wells delivers his closing argument to the jury. “Scooter” Libby is seated in the background, far right, next to another of his attorneys, William Jeffress; the goverment’s table is in the foreground.


Here Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald argues the governments case.

Washington Post story is here.

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Jurors’ Valentine


The Jury in the “Scooter” Libby trial came into the courtroom, all but one, wearing red T-shirts with cutout white paper hearts stuck on in honor of Valentine’s Day. One of the jurors, a math school teacher from North Carolina who has on at least two occasions shown the Judge photos of his grandkids, stood up and made a little speech. My bet is that he’ll become the jury foreman; and the one juror who didn’t put on a red tee? surely the likely holdout when it comes to a verdict. She’s an Art curator.

AP story, along with Dana Verkouteren’s sketch, can be found here.

Slate has the story here.

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Brief testimony from Jill Abramson


Jill Abramson, the managing editor at the New York Times, took the witness stand for all of five minutes today and said she had no recollection of Judith Miller suggesting to her that the paper do a story on Wilson’s wife’s CIA connection. On cross she was asked if she sometimes did not pay attention Ms Miller, to which she replied: “It’s possible that I sometimes tuned her out.”

Washington Post story here.

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