Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Day One in LibbyLand

The trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby opened today with voir dire, the questioning of the potential jurors.  The Washington Post reports on the political questions asked of these potential jurors (here) and also tells about some of the "other" questions. 

Good defense attorneys start their defense in the voir dire.  The questions the attorney asks (or request a court to ask when the court is doing the voir dire), sets the stage of the theme of the case.  It is clear from seeing some of these questions that one theme will be - "faulty memory"  or "we all make mistakes as to exatly what we recall."  Often the defense attorney will develop the theme with different witnesses presented. 

In this case we are likely to see a main theme and several subsidiary themes.



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and they immediately dismissed the smartest juror in the bunch

"I am completely without objectivity," said a woman in her 30s, who was dressed in tailored brown trousers and a sweater. "There is nothing they could say or do that would make me think anything positive." Walton excused her immediately. Libby turned to watch her walk out of court.

where is the right wing when we truly need a blue ribbon jury?

Posted by: Moe Levine | Jan 17, 2007 6:28:38 AM

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