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Monday, January 16, 2012

Jury selection began in Libby CIA leak trial
Cynthia Miley at 12:00 AM ET

On January 16, 2007, jury selection began in the trial of former vice-presidential aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby. He was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with Fitzgerald's investigation into the leak of former CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity. US District Judge Reggie Walton approved a final list of questions proposed by attorneys that were posed to the pool of 60 potential jurors. On March 6, 2007, Libby was ultimately found guilty of four out of the five charges against him and sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $250,000. However, President George Bush commuted Libby's sentence to the $250,000 fine and two years of supervised release ordered by the court in July 2007.

Lewis "Scooter" Libby

Learn more about Scooter Libby and the CIA leak scandal from JURIST archives and read commentary about the case from JURIST Guest Columnist Sandra Jordan in Forum.

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