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Thread #99660   Message #1991734
Posted By: mrdux
09-Mar-07 - 02:05 PM
Thread Name: BS: Libby convicted
Subject: RE: BS: Libby convicted
I think Krauthammer is certainly entitled to his opinion, and his column is certainly germane to the discussion. And I've read the column. His complaint seems to be that a grand jury, in the first instance, and a trial jury, in the second, simply didn't believe that Scooter was suffering from a lapse of memory. Rather, they believed that Scooter was lying -- and in the case of the trial jury, they believed it beyond a reasonable doubt. That's how the jury system works: the jury gets to make the call. I note an absence in the column of any suggestion that either Judge Walton or the prosecutor was in any way unfair or biased or politically partisan.

Krauthammer does note a disagreement with one of the judge's rulings. Judge's make rulings all the time, and one party or another is typically disappointed. Did the judge commit reversible error in his conduct of the trial? I have no idea -- I didn't follow the trial that closely -- but that's what appellate courts are for. Krauthammer also disagrees with Fitzgerald's decision to prosecute in the first place. But. . . that's what prosecutors do. Krauthammer does not suggest that it was an abuse of his discretion, nor does he suggest that Fitzgerald didn't produce evidence that a crime had been committed. His complaint seems to be. . . he didn't like the verdict? It was no big deal and shouldn't have been prosecuted in the first place? Hard to tell. Sounds like not much more than sour grapes to me.

michael