Closing Out the Libby Trial

The lawyers delivered their closing arguments in the Scooter Libby perjury trial today. This Associated Press account isn’t especially coherent, but it gives a sense of the main points that were made. No surprises.
Also not a surprise is that, as I predicted, and as the prosecutor pointed out in his argument, there never was any evidence about Libby being a “scapegoat” for the administration, as portrayed by defense attorney Ted Wells in his opening statement. That was, probably, Wells’ attempt to distance Libby from the Bush administration in hopes that he could get a fair hearing from a D.C. jury that probably consists entirely of Democrats.
As others have noted, the market, in the form of Intrade, is predicting a conviction. Not having seen the trial, I can’t make a meaningful prediction; I know from experience that press accounts of what happens in a courtroom can be wildly misleading, even when they are accurate. But if I had to bet a nickel, I’d put it on Wells.
SCOTT adds: NRO has posted Byron York’s helpful summary of the charges and the evidence here.


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