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White House Fence Jumper In Court

Omar Gonzalez, the first fence jumper who managed to enter the front door of the White House after sprinting 70 yards across the lawn without being stopped by the Secret Service, appeared before a Federal magistrate yesterday. Dressed in an orange jumpsuit, sporting a goatee and what little bit of hair he had pulled back into a small knot, Gonzalez appeared alert and to understand what was happening.

The government prosecutor informed the court that Mr. Gonzalez is facing charges in Virginia for possession of a sawed-off shotgun and eluding police after a 20-mile car chase. Also found in the Ford Bronco Gonzalez was driving when he was arrested July 19 were two sniper rifles, an assault rifle, a bolt-action rifle, another shotgun and five handguns along with ammo and a map of the DC area with a circle drawn around the masonic temple in Alexandria and a line drawn from it to the White House. The only weapon illegal in Virginia was the sawed-off !

 

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McClellan press briefing played

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Video of parts of a briefing by White House press secretary Scott McClellan were played for the Libby jury this afternoon.

The sketch shows “Scooter” Libby and a member of his defense team on the far left, while in the foreground the following members of the press watch the jurors watching the video of McClellan: (L to R) NPR’s Nina Totenberg, behind Nina, partially obscured, is AP’s Mike Stiffen, and in the second row are ABC producer Jason Ryan and correspondent Pierre Thomas.

Washington Post story is here.

Slate refers to the above drawing here.

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