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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 03:53 AM
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CIA Leak Case Back In Court
Source: AP

The legal fallout from the 2003 CIA leak scandal continues as lawyers seek dismissal of a lawsuit against members of the Bush administration.

Former CIA operative Valerie Plame contends the administration violated her constitutional rights by leaking her identity to reporters in 2003. She is demanding compensation from Vice President Dick Cheney; one of his former aides, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby; White House political adviser Karl Rove; and former State Department Deputy Secretary Richard Armitage.

Their lawyers were scheduled to argue Thursday that a judge should throw out the case.

Plame's lawyers say the case could reveal more about the inner workings of the Bush White House than surfaced during Libby's monthlong perjury trial, but Thursday's arguments were to focus on technical matters of law.

Plame and her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, say the administration violated their free speech, due process and privacy rights.

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sam sarrha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 04:10 AM
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1. the courts are stacked.. i just dont see this going anywhere..i am so sorry
but i will be supprised and delighted if it works out and exposes them
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 05:55 AM
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2. Filed in DC District Court
I wonder who will be the Judge? I don't imagine they would have Reggie Walton this time. Anybody know about the Judges in the DC District Court?
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 06:13 AM
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3. Judge John Bates...loyal Bushie
This case is a political exercise masquerading as a civil lawsuit," Mr. Armitage's lawyers complained in their motion to dismiss the case. Judge John Bates is scheduled to hear two hours of arguments today on whether the suit should go forward. The federal government, which was not named as a defendant, has also urged that the case be thrown out.

John D. Bates
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John D. Bates was appointed United States District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in December 2001. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1968 and received a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1976. From 1968 to 1971, he served in the United States Army, including a tour in Vietnam. Judge Bates clerked for Judge Roszel C. Thomsen of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland from 1976 to 1977 and was an associate at Steptoe & Johnson from 1977 to 1980. He served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1980 to 1997, and was Chief of the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office from 1987 to 1997. Judge Bates was on detail as Deputy Independent Counsel for the Whitewater investigation from 1995 to mid-1997. In 1998, he joined the Washington law firm of Miller & Chevalier, where he was Chair of the Government Contracts/Litigation Department and a member of the Executive Committee. Judge Bates has served on the Advisory Committee for Procedures of the D.C. Circuit and on the Civil Justice Reform Committee for the District Court, and as Treasurer of the D.C. Bar, Chairman of the Publications Committee of the D.C. Bar, and Chairman of the Litigation Section of the Federal Bar Association. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. In 2005, he was appointed by Chief Justice Rehnquist to serve on the U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management. In February 2006, he was appointed by Chief Justice Roberts to serve as a judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. (Ed. Note - The preceding paragraph was copied from his official biography.)

As a District Court Judge, Bates dismissed the GAO's effort to learn with whom Cheney's energy task force conferred.

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MGKrebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 06:25 AM
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4. Wilson's website: /

For updates and history.
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Orsino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 06:34 AM
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5. Stupid talking head on CNN now points to the magazine pics...
...of Wilson and Plame, taken long after the scandal broke, and asks how they can claim invasion of privacy? His co-host timidly pointed out the hole in that logic, but they quickly moved on.

Stupid, evil CNN.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 08:26 AM
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6. talking hollow heads
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 05:16 PM
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7. CIA leak destroyed Plame's career, her lawyer says
By James Vicini

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bush administration officials destroyed Valerie Plame's career by disclosing her identity as a secret CIA operative, a lawyer for Plame and her husband said on Thursday in urging a federal judge to rule that their lawsuit can go forward.

"In the end, it's about egregious conduct by the defendants that ruined a woman's career," Duke University law professor Erwin Chemerinsky said as Plame sat silently in the courtroom. ~snip~
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