Saturday, February 04, 2006

Bush Rigs Trial for Cheney Ex-Aide, Scooter Libby By Appointing Judge to Delay Trial

The trial of Scooter Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, in the C.I.A. leak case will start next January 2007, a federal judge said today.

District Judge Reggie B. Walton said jury selection will begin on Jan. 8, 2007. Judge Walton said that he had hoped the trial could begin next September, but that Mr. Libby's lawyer, Theodore V. Wells Jr., will be tied up with another case (aww...).

Judge Reggie B. Walton assumed his position as a United States District Judge for the District of Columbia on October 29, 2001, after being nominated to the position by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate.

Republicans are likely to be pleased that the trial will be held after the Congressional elections.

Pleased? Ya think? Bush has manipulated the courts (again) to delay Scooter's trial until after the November elections. Since George believes the average citizen is an idiot he knows that we'll forget about Mr. Libby and the level of republican corruption. What a guy!

Mr. Libby has pleaded not guilty to five charges of perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with the exposure of a C.I.A. operative's identity. Mr. Libby was indicted in October by a special prosecutor who charged that he had misled investigators about his role in disclosing the identity of the C.I.A. operative Valerie Wilson in discussions with reporters.

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