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E-mail ballots for military questioned

Published November 3, 2006


A New Jersey congressman raised questions Thursday about a new military voting program that lets service members request and submit their ballots by fax or e-mail. The Defense Department, however, said any risks are detailed for the military members when they access the e-mail system. In a letter to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Democratic Rep. Rush Holt said the service could expose troops to identity theft, or allow hackers to tamper with the ballots. Pentagon spokeswoman Cynthia Smith said service members have been told of the potential privacy concerns, so they can make an informed choice about whether to use the program.


No memory expert for Libby in CIA leak case

Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby will not be allowed to use a memory expert at his perjury and obstruction trial, a federal judge ruled Thursday, blocking a key tactic in Libby's defense strategy.

Libby, who is accused of lying to investigators, wanted an expert to testify that memory is unreliable, especially during times of stress. Libby says he had national security issues on his mind and any misstatements he made about the leak of CIA officer Valerie Plame's name were mistakes, not lies.

U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton said allowing a memory expert would be a waste of time and would only confuse the jury. The trial is set to begin in January.

Plame's CIA status was leaked in 2003 as her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, criticized the Bush administration's prewar intelligence on Iraq.

Allentown, Pa.

Lawmaker settled with former mistress

A congressman accused of abusing his ex-mistress agreed to pay her about $500,000 in a settlement last year that contained a powerful incentive for her to keep quiet until after Election Day, the Associated Press reported citing an unnamed source.

Republican Rep. Don Sherwood is locked in a re-election race against a Democratic opponent who has seized on Sherwood's relationship with the woman. Sherwood acknowledged the woman was his mistress, but denies abusing her.

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