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Special Prosecutor Wants Jurors Who Can’t Be Impartial (?)

Thursday, January 18, 2007, 16:15 EST Leave a comment Go to comments

Besides nominating Fitzgerald for a Nifong Award, no other commentary on this article is necessary. Emphasis is mine.

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald pushed back Thursday against defense attorneys who have been weeding Bush administration critics out of the jury pool in the perjury trial of former White House aide "Scooter" Libby.

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Jury selection has taken longer than expected, in part because attorneys for I. Lewis Libby have grilled potential jurors on their political views. Though several Bush administration critics made it into the potential jury pool, attorneys have successfully disqualified the harshest Bush opponents who said they could not be impartial.

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Fitzgerald and defense attorneys spent more than 15 minutes Thursday morning arguing privately with U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton over whether to dismiss one potential juror, a management consultant. She said her feelings about the administration could spill over into the trial.

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The woman was ultimately dismissed but Fitzgerald’s fight to keep her was his strongest effort yet during the politically charged hearings.

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By Thursday morning, 24 potential jurors were in the pool. Seven administration critics were allowed into the pool Wednesday after they said they could set their political feeling aside.

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