Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Libby trial -- summation

Wow! I just spent two hours reading the transcripts over at FDL and it was fascinating and, if you're into that stuff, I recommend that you check it out too. I particularly liked it when Fitzgerald said:
There is a cloud over the VP. He wrote those columns, he had those meetings, He sent Libby off to the meeting with Judy. Where Plame was discussed. That cloud remains because the defendant obstructed justice. That cloud was there. That cloud is something that we just can't pretend isn't there.

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Don't you think the American people are entitled to answers? If as a result his wife had a job, she worked at CPD, She gets dragged into newspapers. People want to find out. was a law broken?, people want to know, who did it? What role did the Defendant play. What role did Vice President play? He told you he may have discussed this with the V.P. Don't you think FBI deserves straight answers. When you go in that jury room, your commonsense will tell you that he made a gamble. He threw sand in the eyes of the FBI. He stole the truth of the judicial system. If you return guilty, you give truth back.
In her wrap up, Jane Hamsher said:
I recognize that my view is probably somewhat biased in favor of the prosecution, but really I don't see how anyone could have watched the proceedings today and come away with the conclusion that the defense was anything other than a chaotic mess. Marcy and I agreed that Wells sounded like he was a used car salesman trying to fob off a junker he had no faith in [...] At the end of his closing statements, Wells broke down in tears and begged the jury to "give Scooter back to me" (or something just as weird to that effect). He then returned to the defense table, head in hand, never to look up again. Some thought it was over-identification with the defendant, but I thought he was grieving his career — this would be a big loss for him.

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Wells had pleaded with the jury to return Libby to him, but Fitz begged them to return the truth. "Don't you think the American people are entitled to answers?" he asked. The jury of nine women and three men were extremely attentive to him, and my general impression is that he was quite persuasive. I personally think Scooter has lost touch with reality here, but if there is any tangent left, he's not sleeping easily tonight.

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