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Inland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-16-06 11:25 AM
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18. Your arguments don't have anything to do with the issue.
Edited on Tue May-16-06 11:26 AM by Inland
1. It is not appalling that the grand jury proceedings are being kept secret. Not only is it the law, but its the only protection of the civil liberties of targets, witnesses and merely associated persons in a grand jury setting.

2. That one is reduced to reading tea leaves in an effort to guess about what the gj is doing is a reason to be cautious and skeptical, not an invitation to be neither.

3. There is no citizens duty to speculate about gj proceedings, at least, not where its clear they are being handled by a professional. Indictments are newsworthy and important. Scooping the announcement of an indictment by two days is not. Rove being indicted is important. An article scooping it is not.

4. As to Leopolds sources, theres only two types that know about what is going on with the gj, Fitz and the gj itself, and the defense attorneys. The former isnt talking, so the sources are either the defense attorneys, who have an incentive to lie, or people who really dont know. If he relied on defense attorneys, he got played and if he relied on someone elses educated guesses, then he should have said so. In either event, I would have warned Leopold to use better judgment in the small purpose of trying to scoop the indictments. I did warn the DU member last month about getting ahead of secret grand jury proceedings, and got a number of sarcastic replies for my trouble. Too bad. Its not my problem, one way or another. Nobody really has much at stake in scooping the announcements of indictments by two days than the scooper, and hell take the glory or the heat personally, and the real life concerns are unaffected.

In sum, nothing you talked about had anything to do with the article in question.
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