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Libby judge sides with prosecution in latest classified evidence ruling

[JURIST] A federal judge has accepted the prosecution's latest proposal to limit the amount of detail former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website; JURIST news archive] can introduce at trial concerning classified intelligence. In a sealed ruling Monday, US District Judge Reggie Walton tempered an earlier ruling [JURIST report] that Libby must be allowed to present certain classified evidence to the jury in the CIA leak trial [JURIST news archive] supporting Libby's contention that he innocently mis-remembered facts and did not intentionally misrepresent his knowledge of the leak due to the heavy volume of his work as chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney. Libby is charged [indictment, PDF; JURIST report] with obstruction of justice and perjury in connection with the investigation into the leak of the identity of former CIA operative Valerie Plame [JURIST news archive].

Following last month's decision, initially posted online by the court but afterwards removed, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald [official website] sought to limit the level of detail Libby can go into at trial, and this proposal was accepted in Walton's Monday ruling. AP has more.

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