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Libby defense team seeks more documents from reporters

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [NYT profile], the former chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney indicted last October in the CIA leak case [JURIST news archive], said Friday they plan to subpoena journalists and news organizations for additional documents, such as reporters' notes and records pertaining to the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity. Libby's defense team told US District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton [official profile] in a joint filing with prosecutors that their request for more document subpoenas will probably delay the start of a trial, though no start date has been set. The lawyers did not indicate the specific news organizations and reporters they plan to subpoena. Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald [official website] said he has already given Libby's lawyers over 10,000 documents, but they still seek more. Walton has not yet indicated if he will grant the subpoenas. Libby has pleaded not guilty [JURIST report] to charges [PDF indictment; JURIST report] of obstructing justice, perjury and making false statements. AP has more.

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