Iraq War May Intrude on Libby
By Michael J. Sniffen
The Associated Press
Sunday 21 January 2007
The slow and contentious selection of a jury to try the vice president's former chief of staff may foreshadow a perjury trial constantly interrupted by disputes over how much jurors should hear about the Bush administration's Iraq war policy.
U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton intends to finish picking 12 jurors and four alternates Monday in the case against I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. If the judge succeeds, the process will have taken twice as long as the judge originally expected.
Libby's lawyers, Theodore Wells and William Jeffress, have labored to keep opponents of the war and the administration off the jury. Libby, a former aide to President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, is the highest-ranking member of the current Republican administration to face criminal charges.