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Libby gets 2007 trial date in CIA leak case

[JURIST] US District Judge Reggie B. Walton [official profile] on Friday set a trial date of January 8, 2007 for former vice-presidential chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [CBS profile] on charges [indictment, PDF; JURIST report] of obstructing justice, perjury and making false statements regarding the leaked identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame [JURIST news archive]. Libby, who publicly outlined his defense strategy [JURIST report] this week, plans to introduce classified evidence [JURIST report] and subpoena journalists and news organizations [JURIST report] for reporters' notes and records, necessitating dual public and private tracks for the trial. Although Walton set the trial date in a public hearing, a private hearing was also scheduled for Friday to set deadlines for admissions decisions on Libby's classified evidence. AP has more.

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