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WaPo Reporter, Spy Author… Lewis Libby Juror?

From a rapturous Editor & Publisher:


Jury "spokesman" and Washington Post reporter, Denis Collins.

Juror Explains Libby Verdict: They Felt He Was ‘Fall Guy’

By Greg Mitchell
Published: March 06, 2007

NEW YORK A spokesman for the jury that convicted “Scooter” Lewis of four counts today of perjury and obstruction of justice today in a federal courtroom told reporters immediately afterward that many felt sympathy for Libby and believed he was only the “fall guy.”

Denis Collins said, “We asked ourselves, what is HE doing here? Where is Rove and all these other guys….He was the fall guy.”

He said they believed that Vice President Cheney did “task him to talk to reporters.”

He said, “some jurors said at one point, ‘We wish we weren’t judging Libby…this sucks.” More than once he said many jurors found Libby “sympathetic.”

Asked about Vice President Cheney not testifying, he said, “Having Cheney testifying would have been interesting.” And when the defense opened the trial by suggesting that Libby was scapegoated by the White House, “I thought we might get to see President Bush here.” But said Libby not testifying was not such a big deal since they’d listen to nine hours of tapes of his earlier testimony.

He also said that they found Tim Russert of NBC “very credible” and the defense “badgering” Judy Miller may have hurt them as some jurors developed “sympathy” for her. Even though she admitted having a “bad memory,” the fact that she had notes counted a lot in her favor, he said. Despite the badgering, some jurors thought Miller was “nice.”

Collins, a journalist who has written for The Washington Post and other newspapers — and is author of the 2004 book, “Spying: The Secret History of History”– described the jury’s painstaking deliberations. He said there were several “managerial types” on the jury and they spent many days just assembling post-it notes in some kind or “buildings blocks” fashion. They did not take an immediately straw vote.

“What we came up with from that,” he said, “was that Libby was told about Mrs. Wilson [Valerie Plame] nine times” in that time period. “We believed he DID have a bad memory,” he said, “but it seemed very unlikely he would not remember about being told about Mrs. Wilson” so many times….Hard to believe he would remember on Tuesd [sic] and forget on Thursday,” and so on.

He said they failed to convict Libby on the Matt Cooper charge, feeling it was pretty much one man’s word against the others, especially since Cooper had no notes.

He said that politics played no role in the verdict, and claimed most jurors didn’t know how others felt politically

Mr. Collins doesn’t sound stupid or duped. Not much.

He is clearly clueless as to what the trial was supposed to be about. Of course we have Mr. Fitzgerald (and the media) to thank for that as well.

The lesson here is clear. Never expect a fair trial if you are a Republican.

The criminalization of non-DNC approved politics is just about complete.

But notice how this article only mentions in passing that Mr. Denis Collins is a Washington Post reporter and the author of a book on spies:


Spying By Denis Collins

Book Description

Everyone, at some time in his or her life, fantasizes about being a spy–James Bond, Mata Hari, George Smiley, Maxwell Smart. At the new International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., more than a million visitors have stepped into the secret history of history–and have learned what it is really like to live undercover. This distinctive and fascinating book at once distills and expands upon that experience, with inside information on how spies do their jobs, interviews with operatives, and hundreds of photographs and descriptions of tools of the trade.

Biographies of legendary spies and how they completed their special operations are included, along with timelines showing the developments of bugs, surveillance tools, weapons, and disguises. Letters, maps, examples of disguises, dead drops, and rare photos make spies and their operations from 2000 BC to the present live and breathe on every page.

So we can rest assured that he had a completely open mind and no agenda whatsoever.

And how do you think the other jurors felt about having a journalist and a self-professed expert on espionage on their panel? Do you think Mr. Collins’ thoughts might have wielded undue influence over them?

Brilliant jury stacking, Mr. Fitzgerald!

The only question left is how much do you think he will get for his book deal?

The establishment will surely want to richly reward him for his splendid service.

(Thanks to 1sttofight for the heads up.)


An update from Editor & Publisher:

Former Colleagues at ‘Wash Post’ Discuss (Now Famous) Libby Juror

… In the jury selection phase, before Collins name came out, he was identified as having worked with Bob Woodward at the Post and being a neighbor of NBC’s Tim Russert. Both would later testify in the case…

Bob Woodward? The same reporter who knew that Richard Armitage was the original "leaker" of Plame’s name, and who kept silent about it for how many years?

The same Bob Woodward who worked so hard to bring down a previous Republican President a generation ago?

How is it this juror’s relationship to Woodward was never reported before?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, March 6th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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