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February 5, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
Former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's defense in his perjury trial rests largely on the claim that he was too busy with pressing affairs of state to recall minor events such as conversations with reporters about an obscure CIA employee.
February 3, 2007 | TIM RUTTEN
IF Samuel Beckett had glossed "Alice in Wonderland," the result might have been something like the trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. On any given day, it's possible to read the courtroom drama as either farce or tragedy, though those who care about the proceedings' implications for the Washington press corps probably will incline toward the latter.
February 1, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
A former Time magazine reporter said Wednesday that it was President Bush's political advisor, Karl Rove, who first revealed to him that the wife of an administration critic worked for the CIA. The testimony by Matthew Cooper could help former Vice Presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who is on trial for perjury and obstruction of justice. As the White House pushed back in the summer of 2003 against questions that former envoy Joseph C.
January 30, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer testified Monday that he learned the identity of a CIA operative from then-vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby over lunch at the White House on July 7, 2003 -- three days before Libby has said he first heard about Valerie Plame. Fleischer was the fifth government witness in the perjury and obstruction trial to contradict Libby's account, but unlike the fuzzy recollections of some previous witnesses, his testimony was firm and specific.
January 26, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
In the first such account from Vice President Dick Cheney's inner circle, a former aide testified Thursday that Cheney personally directed the effort to discredit an administration critic by having calls made to reporters in 2003. Cheney dictated detailed "talking points" for his chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, and others on how they could impugn the critic's credibility, said Catherine J. Martin, who was the vice president's top press aide at the time.
January 25, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A lawyer for suspected Al Qaeda operative Jose Padilla violated a court order by leaking his wiretapped phone conversations, a judge found in Miami. U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke ordered all defense lawyers in the case to sign papers indicating they understood and would follow rules barring disclosure of certain evidence. Cooke also said she might hold in contempt anyone who receives such prohibited material. "The lash is about to fall on all," Cooke said.
January 19, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The prosecutor took a more aggressive stance and jury selection slowed so much Thursday in the perjury trial of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby that the judge postponed opening statements until Tuesday. Libby, a former aide to President Bush and chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, is charged with perjury and obstruction of the investigation into the disclosure in 2003 of the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame. Her husband, ex-ambassador Joseph C.
January 18, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Seven critics of the Bush administration and the Iraq war were approved as potential jurors in the perjury trial of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby after they said they could set those feelings aside. But two members of the jury pool were dismissed when they said their strong opposition to the administration might color their deliberations in the CIA leak trial.
December 20, 2006 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
Dick Cheney will be called to testify at the perjury and obstruction trial of his former chief of staff, in what would be a historic appearance by a vice president in a criminal prosecution, lawyers said Tuesday. The decision by I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's lawyers to call Cheney as a witness in the federal trial scheduled to begin here Jan. 16 ends months of speculation about the role senior White House officials would play.
December 8, 2006 | James S. Granelli, Times Staff Writer
Hewlett-Packard Co.'s settlement of a lawsuit stemming from the spying scandal that rocked the Silicon Valley icon could set new standards for corporate behavior and strengthen enforcement of privacy laws, legal experts said Thursday. HP agreed to pay $14.5 million to settle the case brought by California Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer accusing the computer maker of unfair business practices in its efforts to root out the source of boardroom leaks to the media.
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