Sunday, July 16, 2006
According to Smoking Gun here, Valerie Plame Wilson and Joesph C. Wilson IV have filed a civil action against Karl Rove, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Richard Cheney and John Does 1-10. The action is for alleged First and Fifth Amendment Violations, Civil Rights Conspiracy, Failure to Prevent Civil Rights Violations, Public Disclosure of Private Facts, and Civil Conspiracy.
What may prove to be the more complicated aspect of this action is the civil discovery. In civil actions, counsel use interrogatories and depositions to obtain evidence. When there is an ongoing criminal action, as in the case against "Scooter" Libby, defense counsel may be reluctant to turn over information that may eventually find its way into the criminal trial.