Feb 28 2007
An interesting glimpse into the Libby trial deliberations has come out as the essence of the jury’s aborted question to Judge Walton has been made public:
Jurors seemed to want to know whether the charge hinges on whether Libby’s version of the conversation is true or whether what he told Cooper was true. As Walton and attorneys tried to parse that question, jurors apparently resolved it for themselves.
Clearly the answer is the first case, partially. What is at the heart of the charge is what Libby told the FBI. Whether Libby told Cooper a lie or his best belief is irrelevant. But even more so, it is simply a question of whether Libby believed what he said, not whether what he said was accurate. Hopefully the jury got it right. But clearly they are a bit lost, if just for a moment. The longer this goes on the more I think the jury will hang. But I may be wrong, it could simply be they are being thorough. I would think the guilty verdict would come easily.