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February 21, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt and Greg Miller, Times Staff Writers
At I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's perjury trial, his lawyers have argued that pressing matters of state prevented the former vice presidential chief of staff from accurately recalling events. But the question of Libby's guilt or innocence, which is expected to be in the hands of a federal jury today, may turn more on what he says he remembered, rather than what he says he forgot.
February 16, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
In his opening statement three weeks ago in the federal perjury trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, defense lawyer Theodore V. Wells Jr. dropped a bombshell. In dramatic tones, Wells declared that Libby had been the victim of a White House conspiracy to make Libby the fall guy for the CIA leak scandal. But when the jury begins deliberating the fate of the former vice presidential aide next week, it will have seen virtually no evidence to back up the provocative claim.
February 15, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's decision not to testify in his perjury case damaged a key part of his defense Wednesday, when a federal judge ruled that his lawyers could not introduce once-classified details of his workload without Libby taking the witness stand. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton was one of two setbacks for the defense as it finished presenting evidence in the case without calling any additional witnesses.
February 15, 2007 | Joe Mozingo and Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writers
A defense attorney in the BALCO steroid scandal has admitted that he revealed secret grand jury testimony from Major League Baseball players to two San Francisco Chronicle reporters, ending a constitutional standoff between federal prosecutors and the press, and eliminating the threat of prison for the journalists.
February 15, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
In the trial of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the nation's capital comes across as a landscape dominated by high-ranking government officials trying to leak news and high-profile reporters trying to get news. They are codependent breeds, each expert at manipulating the other. And yet both sides often fail.
February 14, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
Abruptly reversing course, lawyers for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby announced Tuesday that neither the defendant nor Vice President Dick Cheney would testify at Libby's trial on charges of lying to federal investigators -- a high-wire maneuver that drastically reduces the opportunity for presenting defense evidence and means the case will go to the jury early next week. In a surprise disclosure in federal court, Libby's lawyer Theodore Wells Jr.
February 13, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt and Greg Miller, Times Staff Writers
In the middle of June 2003, when Washington Post editor Bob Woodward sat down with a top source at the State Department, he had a question. The capital was buzzing over a public attack by a former U.S. diplomat on one of the claims President Bush had made to justify the Iraq war. For support, the diplomat was citing a fact-finding trip he'd made to Africa on orders from CIA officials. "Why would they send him?" a puzzled Woodward asked, referring to the ex-envoy, Joseph C.
February 7, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
Former White House official I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby told a grand jury in 2004 that Vice President Dick Cheney was upset by an ambassador's public questioning of the Iraq war and that President Bush, Cheney and Libby were involved in a plan -- kept secret from other senior White House officials -- to leak previously classified intelligence to reporters to counter the criticism.
February 6, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby told a federal grand jury three years ago that he did not believe he had discussed the wife of an administration critic with officials from the CIA and the State Department, contradicting sworn testimony by the officials at Libby's perjury trial here. The revelation came Monday as prosecutors began playing audiotapes of Libby's eight hours of testimony before a grand jury investigating how the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame became public.
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.
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