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Libby Live: Libby Grand Jury Testimony, Two
By: Swopa
http://www.firedoglake.com/2007/02/06/libby-live-libby-... /
Jane and I had cab issues this morning, so we arrived at the courthouse with pre-jury jousting already underway. The arguments appear to be about whether David Sanger of the New York Times will be forced to testify as a defense witness. Stay tuned for clarifications as we get our mental bearings.

NOTES: (1) This is not an official transcript just a very loose paraphrase, at best so don't treat it as one. (2) My own notes will be in parentheses and/or italics. (3) I'll tell you the time at the end of each update; expect about 15-20 minutes before the next one. The hamsters that run the servers will appreciate it if you don't refresh excessively in the meantime. (4) I didn't write the book on the Valerie Plame outing but you should buy it, if you haven't already. If you're wondering who this "Swopa" character is, my previous writings on Plamemania can be found here.

Ted Wells, an attorney for Libby, just got up to respond to the attorney for Sanger. He claimed that Sanger's testimony is needed because the fact that Scooter didn't leak to Sanger about Plame on July 2, 2003, shows that he wouldn't have leaked to Judith Miller or anyone else. He also, somewhat apropos of nothing, chooses this moment to dispute the notion that Scooter and Judy "had a close personal relationship," suggesting that their June 23rd conversation was the first time they had ever met in person. Um, or maybe there was one prior occasion, but that's it.
Judge Walton is now talking about the First Amendment issues involved. It's 9:50. (P.S. He just ruled for the defense that Sanger must testify; I suppose there will be an appeal.)

The jury had been brought in, and they're resuming the replay of Libby's grand jury testimony in March.

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