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Opening Arguments

Without peer

Wouldn't it be funny if they had to cancel the Scooter Libby trial because they couldn't find a jury of his peers?

On the third day of the trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the job of finding Washington jurors who do not hold negative views of the George W. Bush administration, its war in Iraq and Vice President Dick Cheney became harder.


Fri, 01/19/2007 - 6:16am

I'd been wondering how they were going to find a dozen people in Washington DC who didn't have strong political opinions one way or the other.

Mike Boley
Fri, 01/19/2007 - 6:42pm

Actually, it would not be funny at all. More to the point, it is sad commentary on the 'ideal' we claim as rule of law rather than men; and the reality that men subvert the law in so many ways, so often.

Steve Towsley
Sun, 01/21/2007 - 12:22pm

There is no "sad commentary" respecting this legal case. The point is that on this subject, no one has yet been judged to have "subverted" any law.

A jury of Libbey's peers will not have prejudged any part of the case.

My guess is that the jury will have to be either evenly divided 6-6 between Democrats and Republicans (for a deadlocked verdict, I imagine), or 12 undecided independents. Obviously, the latter is more likely to render the fairer verdict on the evidence.

Mike Boley
Sun, 01/21/2007 - 3:02pm

Well, Steve, your 3rd paragraph fits my definition of 'sad commentary' with respect to the ideal.

Steve Towsley
Sun, 01/21/2007 - 6:28pm

That's a relief. I thought we were sinking into liberal criticism of Libby and co. as somehow representing subversion of law. Glad we're not prejudging.