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03/06/07

Libby Verdict

A federal jury today (Tuesday) found Lewis "Scooter" Libby guilty on four of five counts in the former White House aide's perjury trial.

Pre-sentencing is June 5th, but Libby's attorney says he will file a motion for a new trial.

Jurors deliberated for 10 days.  One of them spoke to the media following the verdict about why it took that much time:

Denis Collins said, "Because we did -- we took every count and went back over all of the testimony, and as we went back, we have all of the different sheets, you know, motivations to tell the truth. motivation to lie. Believability. State of mind. So we -- we never got to the point of doing -- like we didn't start to do a straw vote right away. What do you think? well, It was too big. It was too much. It was too important. We just didn't do that. So that's why it took so long."

The jury found Libby guilty of obstruction of justice, making false statements and perjury in the investigation into how the identity of a C-I-A operative was exposed. 

Libby resigned from Cheney's staff in 2005 after he was charged with lying to investigators about the leak of Valerie Plame.... a C-I-A operative. Lawyers for Libby originally stated Libby learned about Plame from Cheney, then forgot...then learned about her again from N-B-C's Tim Russert. The defense said Libby had a bad memory -- blaming it on his busy schedule as a top White House aide.

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