Judge Throws Libby a Small Bone
The Judge in the Scooter Libby case has ruled on Libby's discovery motion seeking a wide array of documents. All of Libby's requests were denied except one. Tim Grieves at Salon provides his usual lucid and correct analysis. Tom Maguire hosts the Court Order here, and offers his analysis is here.
From the Court's ruling.
...the only question the jury will be asked to resolve in this matter will be whether the defendant intentionally lied when he testified before the grand jury and spoke with FBI agents about statements he purportedly made to the three news reporters concerning Ms. Wilson's employment. The prosecution of this action, therefore, involves a discrete cast of characters and events, and this Court will not permit it to become a forum for debating the accuracy of Ambassador Wilson's statements, the propriety of the Iraq war or related matters leading up to the war, as those events are not the basis for the charged offenses. At best, these events have merely an abstract relationship to the charged offenses.1
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