MORE LIBBY….Hoisted from comments, this is from a reader who says he’s practiced law in the areas of criminal defense and governmental misconduct/civil rights for twenty years. Here’s what he wrote about prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s opening statement:
I know, and have friends who know, people that both work in Fitzgerald’s office in Illinois and that have tried cases against Fitzgerald. The book on him (and this is not new, I just want to reaffirm it) is that he is meticulous, reserved and that he NEVER makes claims in opening statements that he cannot absolutely prove up to a jury.
….Given the statements and allegations Fitzgerald has made in his opening statement, and given his reputation for always backing up his statements, if I were Cheney’s attorney, I would absolutely find some way, somehow, whatever it took, to keep him off the stand. It is crystal clear that Fitzgerald is convinced, and I mean strongly convinced, that this whole imbroglio is Cheney’s personal doing….Don’t get me wrong, I would be prepping him to testify, and stating to the world that he looked forward to it; but I guarantee that I would simultaneously be working day and night to find a way to keep him off the stand and away from the trial.
Norah O’Donnell is asking Andy Card and Leon Panetta if the president is going to have to ask Dick Cheney to resign as a result of what’s being alleged at the Libby Trial. (They both punted.)
Hmmm. This could restore my faith in a just and benevolent God. But it’s probably too good to be true.