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Libby trial moves closer to final jury

Published January 18, 2007


WASHINGTON - Seven critics of the Bush administration and the Iraq war were approved Wednesday as potential jurors in the perjury trial of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby after they said they could set those feelings aside.

By day's end Wednesday, 24 potential jurors had been qualified to serve at the trial that will delve into the political scandal that followed the public disclosure of CIA official Valerie Plame's name in 2003.

Libby, a former aide to Bush and chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, is charged with obstruction of justice and lying to investigators about his conversations with reporters regarding Plame. He says that he didn't lie but that his memory was faulty.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton hopes to qualify 36 potential jurors by today. Then prosecutors and defense lawyers will use peremptory, or unexplained, strikes, until 12 jurors and four alternates are seated. The defense has 12 strikes and prosecutors have eight.




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