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Libby judge refuses to release audio recordings of trial

[JURIST] US District Judge Reggie B. Walton denied a request Tuesday from several news organizations seeking the daily release of audio recordings of arguments and testimony in the upcoming CIA leak trial [JURIST news archive] of former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website; JURIST news archive]. Walton ruled that the US District Court for District of Columbia [official website] will not follow the lead set by the US Supreme Court [official website], which now makes audio recordings of arguments available to the public.

Libby faces charges of perjury and obstruction of justice [indictment, PDF; JURIST report] when his trial begins January 16. One of Libby's defense lawyers said last month that his client plans to call [JURIST report] his former boss, Vice President Dick Cheney [official website], to testify. AP has more.

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